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House of whimsy Contemporary art and globetrotting artifacts add personality to a home in Hangman Valley

Retirement Gone are the days of retirement “homes” as Retirement Living takes on a whole new twist.

Food reviews Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar, and Toro Sushi.

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ployees and fourteen years in the making, but this marks our 100th issue, something of which we’re quite proud. Take a look back at how it all started and what the journey has entailed to get to this milestone.

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Bruce and Carol Becker have lived all over the U.S., and outside of it as well. Along the way they have collected family heirlooms, contemporary




artifacts, all of which add personality to the home they built in Hangman Valley.

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Shady Pines Gets a Makeover “Retirement Living.” If those words make you picture retirement homes with dark and dreary surroundings, a la Shady Pines from The Golden Girls, think again! Retirement Living in Spokane is getting a total makeover. Nowadays it means life with amenities, stress-free living, care options and more.

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contents what’s inside Editor’s Letter Who’s In Charge?

First Look and Buzz Marzipan Confections ; Spokane by the Numbers; Lilacs & Lemons

What I Know Salvation Army of Spokane’s Shelia Geraghty tells us what she knows

Metro Talk Education Deform: How the school to prison pipeline is strong and steady in our city

Naturally John Latta speaks up for Winter

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Shops and services to help you look

The Scene


Light Show sets sail!

Artist Profile Artist Katrina Brennan’s artwork


Book Reviews




Local Cuisine

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Auto insurance: are you covered?

The Coeur d’Alene Resort’s Holiday


Mindul Eating; CrossFit interview

Looking Good

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Backcountry Alliance (INWBA).

Health Beat



Quietude and the Inland Northwest

Blood Donations;


Books to pick up and check out

What to put on the calendar

Taste and Sea Tea is more than just a tea room, it is a lifeline for those in need in our community


Restaurant Reviews Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar ; Toro Sushi

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Homestyles Organization and storage solutions

Real Estate Home inspections and home values

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Dining Guide


Signature Dish


Liquid Libations

Where to chow down in this town

Shrimp and Polenta at Clover

Understanding Corkage Etiquette


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Lead Graphic Designer Kristi Somday

Graphic Designer Camille Mackie

Photographers Michelle A. Ellingsen

Alan Bisson Myron Bursell Rocky Castaneda Barb Chase David Crary Sylvia Fountaine Makenna Haeder Caroline Hunton Rick Singer Photography Crystal Torenson-Kern

Contributors Katie Collins Nichol Kate Derrick Sylvia Fountaine Shelia Geraghty Paul K. Haeder Julie Humphreys Jennifer LaRue John Latta Laurie L. Ross Justin Rundle Kim Schafer David Vahala Julia Zurcher

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Sales Marketing

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Who’s In Charge?

ust give me one minute, and I’ll be right back,” I called down the hallway, hand lifted slightly in the air, as I slowly backed into my office. Quietly shutting the door, I turned sharply and darted across the room, grabbing my phone and frantically dialing. Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. Ri – “Hey!” my sister’s voice came through the phone. “How’s the first day on the job?” “Help,” I hissed in a loud whisper. “I don’t know what to do. I think I’m in charge!”   That was the scene nine and a half years, and 70 issues ago, in July 2004, as I stood in my office on my first day of work at Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living. I had been feeling calm all morning until Jim, one of our advertising salesman asked me if we could meet with a client to discuss my planned content approach for the magazine. What? I was passionate about writing and thrilled at the prospect of a job where I would be paid to do what I loved, but it hadn’t really dawned on me that along with writing, I was taking on the responsibility of being in charge of the magazine. Planning content? Assigning writers? Hiring and firing writers? Critiquing their work? Managing the editorial production side? Making calls on what to cover, what not to cover? Setting the tone for the magazine? The weight of the responsibility suddenly seemed huge – especially with a deadline looming over me. “Tell them you’ll get back to them at the end of the day,” my sister reassuringly said. “You’ll buy yourself some time, and you will figure it out. You can do this.” She was right. I did figure it out. I muddled my way through and I succeeded. As I put pen to paper on my editor’s letter in my very first issue, I wrote the following: “Whenever I fly, I am struck by the extreme amount of coordination necessary to successfully get a flight off the ground, into the air, and en route to its destination. There are so many variables,

which go into the success of a flight. Properly working equipment, each passenger coordinating their complex, personal schedules in order to get to the airport on time, the weather cooperating, and the correct luggage loaded onto the right aircraft are all parts of the equation. Once everything and everyone is on board, the pilots are on a strict schedule to get the plane off the ground and to their destination at the scheduled time. Inevitably, as the plane races to the end of the runway and reaches its nose into the air, the same thought always runs through my head, “I hope we make it!” On this, my first flight with Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, I have learned that putting together a magazine is much like a journey in an airplane. The coordination that goes into the pages, which you hold in your hands, is remarkable. Developing story ideas, assigning them to writers who will find the story within the story, dealing with delays and setbacks, getting completed stories in on time, fitting the text into the layout, and finding photographs to match the pictures painted with words. As we race down the runway towards the deadline, reaching ever closer to the printing press, I have one thought running through my head, “I hope we make it!” Make it we did. With the help of our art director, David Crary, we developed a system to get every issue completed on time. When lead graphic designer Kristi Somday joined us in October 2007, the process became even more streamlined. Now, 70 issues later for me, 91 for David, 50 for Kristi, and 100 issues for the magazine itself, we’re still doing it. Together, we make a great team! There have been challenges, trials and rough experiences along the way, and at times I have thought, like with that first issue, I hope we make it! Through it all, I’ve also learned some lessons that have helped. (The first lesson is that I must have a penchant for flying because here comes another airplane analogy!) I am a total chicken when it comes to flying. All I need is my own beak and feathers and I’d be good to go. I feel out of control as I sit in what I perceive to be a frightening and unknown situation (sitting in a metal tube, filled with flammable material, 35,000 feet in the air.) One thought that comforts me though, is a line from The Airplane Prayer, written by Norman Vincent Peale, which sticks with me whenever I fly: “We place ourselves confidently in Your hands. We give You thanks for Your watchful care knowing that, even as You hold us in Your great hands on the ground, You also hold us here in the air.” Going through challenges, trials and rough experiences in life is much like flying. We are in a flammable situation, we don’t feel the steady ground under our feet, we can’t quickly escape; rather we have to stick out the duration of the flight and land gently. But when you do land, the destination that awaits is well worth the work to get there. For those times when panic sets in, and you realize the weight of responsibility resting upon your shoulders as the one in charge, it helps to step back and realize, regardless of what we face, who is holding us in His hands, and who is really in charge. Happy reading of our 100th issue!

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readers respond what you had to say recipes. I think my favorite dish was the Marshmallow “Salad” I grew up eating on holidays. If only there were salad bars filled with the likes of that. I am especially excited to try the Poached Pear recipe. While the rest of my family – and the world – loves pumpkin pie, I can’t stand the stuff. I am looking forward to finally having a dessert to get excited about at Thanksgiving. Poached Pears here I come! Jane Howard Via email

COVER FAN I love, love, love the cover of the most recent issue of the magazine (November, 2013). It is my favorite cover you have ever had. It looks so perfect – the colors, the scene, everything. I think it looks very much like something Martha Stewart would produce – well she’d at least want to claim it. Very top notch! Shannon Haugen Spokane, WA

WARRIOR Thank you for drawing attention to the Wounded Warrior Project, through Empowering Warriors (November 2013). I was so pleased to see some sort of recognition given to our veterans in an issue that was out during November, when we celebrate Veteran’s Day. It is all too easy to not consider the great sacrifice our service men and women offer up each and every day, but when they come home wounded – physical, mental or spiritual – it is our duty to care for them. This organization does great work. Thanks for showcasing them. Albert Linden Spokane, WA

THANKSGIVING FEAST I was so excited to see what local chefs put on their own tables at Thanksgiving. How funny that a Mandarin OrangeCream “Salad” showed up in the

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SHOP HOP Whenever possible, I try to shop in local stores rather than Big Box places. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to spend much time out and about lately. What a treat it was to read about several of the new shops that have opened up, and to feel a part of our retail community. I fell in love with French Toast through the pictures, and I am looking forward to planning a visit during the holiday shopping season. I know the sweetest little boy who would adore every toy in there. Looks like Christmas shopping is going to be fun this year! Gayle McEndelshon Via email

HOUSE PROBLEM The houses you feature in the magazine are always so pretty, and are fun to look at, but it leaves me a little depressed. Even this most recent one, which was listed as a barn, is so expensive. I know “regular” houses are not fun to look at, but I wonder if it would be possible to feature one or two a year in a lower price range. While sustainable living is a great way to preserve the environment, I’m interested in ways to sustain my financial peace. I work a professional job, don’t have debt, and manage my money well, but there’s not a lot left over to invest in houses. It makes me feel like a pauper when I see these over the top homes. I’d love to even see a story where you feature small homes or small apartments. What say you? Could you throw a bone to the little guys?! Name withheld Via email • December - January • 2014


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Spokane’s Marzipan MaKeR

eate Christoph was looking in the newspaper for houses, hoping to find one to remodel and sell. Rather than houses, what caught her eye was an ad she repeatedly saw listed for a marzipan business. Curiosity got the best of her, and she finally inquired and met the owners, Edith and Joe Nendl. Before she knew it, she’d been working with them for six months, learning the art of making the marzipan and the business side before she took over. She still hadn’t bought a house, but she was the owner of Marzipan Confections, the business which she has now owned for 10 years. These days, the marzipan factory is in a certified kitchen which is housed in a converted family room in the home she shares with her husband and son. That’s right, she’s got her own candy kitchen! The magic that she cooks up there is bringing a unique treat to the people of Spokane and beyond. “I think that marzipan is popular because it is a very unique ‘old-world’ candy and many people have fond memories of it from their childhood,” says Christoph. “It can be made into just about any shape you can imagine and that makes it versatile for any holiday or celebration.”

With a background in interior design, marzipan might seem like a strange detour, but the confection has always held a special spot in Christoph’s heart.” My background with marzipan started with enjoying eating it for the major holidays every year as a child,” she says. “As an adult I had tried, on several occasions, to make my own marzipan shapes for holidays and to decorate a few cakes. Sometimes I was successful and sometimes not. There was a lot to learn for my business but it was mostly fun and enjoyable for me. The hardest thing to learn was tempering chocolate.  I still goof it up sometimes – the upside to that is having to eat my mistakes!” Practice has made perfect when it comes to Christoph’s skill at the trade. Lest you think it is a snap to make marzipan, guess again. Almond paste is mixed with different sugars to make the marzipan dough. The different types of sugar are used to give the marzipan the proper sweetness, texture and the ability to be molded and painted. The marzipan dough is flattened, cut and rolled into uniformly sized balls using German and Swiss machines made especially for these purposes. Each marzipan ball is then individually shaped. This is where the real fun begins! • December - January • 2014


First Look Buzz

A Gig Christophe’s business is the only local one she knows of that makes colorful shapes of marzipan. Pieces such as pears and eggplants are hand-rolled. Other fruits and vegetables require the use of simple shaping tools and textured boards. The more complicated shapes, such as animals, are pressed into food-grade silicone or metal molds. Each shape is air-brushed using USDA-approved food coloring. The marzipan is then coated with a dusting of cocoa butter to preserve moisture.  They are then ready to be packaged. “Each season brings different shapes to make, and it seems at the end of a particular season I look forward to the next,” says Christoph. “The gold-coin pigs are a symbol of good luck and prosperity for the New Year and are given at Christmas time. The Santa and Snowmen obviously sell very well at Christmas.” The most popular occasion for marzipan has to be Christmas time.  “When I was a child my mom would always have marzipan in amongst her holiday cookies,” recalls Christoph.  “We would also always get a lucky gold-coin pig.” Christmas is Christoph’s busiest time of the year, as many people buy the marzipan in bulk and then serve it on their own platters at holiday parties. “I make thousands of Santa and Snowmen each year and they are all handmade down to their beards, eyebrows, mustaches, scarves and hats.” During and leading up to this holiday season, Christoph will make between 2,000 to 4,000 pieces, or 100 to 200 pounds, of marzipan per week. “During just one year I have made up to two tons of marzipan,” she says. We hope she keeps making it, so we can keep eating it. What a sweet deal! - Blythe Thimsen   Marzipan Confections are available at Huckleberries on the South Hill, Rosauers at U-City in the Valley, Spokandy, Hallets, and Eggers Better Meats and Seafood at Christmas time. For more information, visit www. 22 • December - January • 2014

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lilacsandlemons by Vincent Bozzi


LEMONS to Gonzaga University for sending campus security in at two in the morning to confiscate the gun that two students had used the previous day to ward off a belligerent homeless man who demanded their money. Yes, it’s against campus policy to have a gun in campus housing. But it’s one of many items buried in the lease, probably along with items such as it being against school policy to entertain overnight guests, wink wink. Maybe the boys needed a talking to, and maybe a letter of warning, but to break into the home while they were sleeping and loudly hammer on all the bedroom doors, in a home they knew had guns in it, and in a home where the owners were obviously shaken up and on edge from the previous episode, seems far more reckless, dangerous and irresponsible than anything the two students may have done. LILACS to the city

of Spokane for finally remodeling and transforming the South Hill’s High Drive into a roadway we’ll be proud to show visitors, and enjoy ourselves. We’ve parked and strolled there many times, and have always wondered why such an elegant neighborhood supported such a lousy street. Now it will finally have sidewalks, bike lanes, better parking spaces, maybe more benches. Roundabouts were proposed but seem like overkill. Lemons to some of the neighbors who took a “Let them eat cake” attitude by saying walkers can damn well use the road. Sanity prevailed and now one more part of Spokane is moving into the 21st century. LILACS to the many

neighbors who help shovel their elderly neighbor’s sidewalks, or run their snow blower down the entire block. We have one such angel in our neighborhood, and strangely enough, we are one of the “elderly” couples she helps and she’s older than we are! An extra plate of cookies will be landing on her doorstop this Christmas. May you do the same for yours.

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LEMONS to auto manufacturers who are banishing the CD player. Some are putting them in inconvenient places, as a sort of after-thought, and I’m okay with that, but the new Cherokees, Chevrolet Sparks and Kia Souls, among others, don’t have CD players at all. A lot of us have a large collection and aren’t ready to abandon them yet, and others haven’t adapted to other ways of playing music, and don’t really want to. I would almost be okay with it if it were an ingenious plot devised by the radio industry, but I doubt Detroit cares. This is one middle aged dude who won’t be buying a car where I can’t play my tunes, and I doubt I’m the only one. LILACS to the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre for finding a way

to survive. That’s two local theatres recently rescued from the brink. (The Interplayers seems to be on the right track, and is producing great work again). Laura Little has been brought back to run it, and has moved it into a smaller venue and is finding ways to dramatically cut costs. Reducing the season to only two plays seems a little bit extreme, making it difficult to sell season tickets (two plays doth not a season make), but sometimes you have to walk again before you run. LEMONS to shoppers who file nuisance claims against locally owned stores, thinking the owner will pay them hush money to keep quiet. One Spokane store with a sterling reputation was blackmailed by a shopper who claimed her kid injured himself with a product purchased at the store three months earlier, and wouldn’t allow the store to state their side of the story. Lemons , in fact, to all cyber bullies who go online to sites like “Yelp” and Facebook, and seek to damage the reputation of a business, often a competitor.

LILACS to the Spokane

Transit Authority for rebuilding a smoking area for bus patrons on the east side of their plaza downtown. Whether it’s the entire cause or not, many downtown businesses blamed the closure of the smoking area for the crowds of smokers hanging out in front of their businesses. We’re glad that the STA owns the problem and is still interested in being a good downtown neighbor.

Kigali, Rwanda

A local team of doctors, nurses and caring community members flew to Rwanda in October, as part of the Healing Hearts Northwest trip. The mission of the group is to support the medical system in Rwanda that was decimated after the genocide of 1994. Here, Rebecca Goldberg and Stephanie Byrne, two of the nurses who took part in the program, take time out to pose with their Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living outside of King Fisal Hospital in Kigali Rwanda.

Ketchikan, Alaska

Kevin and Susan Wolf took Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living with them on their Alaskan cruise. It was a beautiful day in Ketchikan, and a beautiful day to read the magazine!

Liverpool, England

When Deana Hunter returned to her homeland of England for a trip, she was sure to take along her copy of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living as she took in the sights – and sounds! Here she is in Liverpool England, home of The Beatles, with the magazine.

Times Square, New York

The Santé gang brought Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living to NYC! Current and previous Santé employees accompanied Chef Jeremy Hansen when he cooked at the legendary James Beard House. The photo was taken after a celebratory dinner at Per Se where they got to meet chef Thomas Keller. Left to right: Jeff Vance, Brandon Prigan, Tyler Reynolds, Clint Mcintosh, Jeremy and Kate Hansen, Adam Ingraham, Travis Hurley, and Lynette Pflueger; chef Nick Yanes was behind the camera.

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Peggy Smith, the fire chief of the allvolunteer Coolin-Cavanaugh Bay fire company near Priest Lake, was awarded the grand prize in a national contest to search for a Heart Health Champion. As the grand prizewinner, Peggy earned $10,000 in cash and $5,000 in exercise equipment for her firehouse.  Spokane, was voted America’s third most generous city, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by Craftsy, the preeminent online destination to learn, create and share. The Christmas panel of Mary and baby Jesus, that still shines bright from the front of Macys (formerly The Bon Marche). We LOVE to see it each year!


All the work the elves got stuck with this year. With Santa arriving SO EARLY at Northtown Mall this year (November 16th, yeesh!), we assume he left the elves to scramble with last minute details. Health insurance plans canceled and premiums on the rise for local citizens. Wasn’t this supposed to be the Affordable Care Act? Scraping windshields on frosty mornings. No one to blame, but we just can’t stand it and wanted to vent!

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I have a question about proper etiquette during the singing of the National Anthem. I am a huge fan of Gonzaga Basketball, and our family is lucky enough to have season tickets, which means we go to almost every game. At the beginning of every game, the ROTC group presents the Flag, and the National Anthem is sung. I always put my right hand over my heart, but I am uncertain of what the correct protocol is regarding my hat. I am a woman and often wear a GU baseball cap – for festive team support and also to shield my eyes from the intense bright lights in the McCarthey Athletic Center. As a woman, am I supposed to remove my hat during the National Anthem, as men are supposed to do? I feel weird taking it off because my hair looks very unstyled when removed from the confines of the hat; however, I always feat I am being disrespectful to keep it on. Can you help? Basketball season is starting up and I’d feel better knowing what to do with this hat!

Dear Hat Head Patterson,

S. Patterson

Quite frankly, I am simply tickled that someone out there still gets concerned about such things, as it seems manners and respect are often tossed out the window. Case in point: jeans at the Symphony and baseball caps atop heads in a restaurant. Disturbing!! So, thank you for caring. I felt I knew the answer deep in the depths of my little gnome body, but I double checked to make sure I was correct – which I was! According to the National Flag Foundation, “All other persons should salute by placing their right hand over their hearts. Men wearing a head covering (a hat, cap or other headwear) are to remove it. Women do not have to remove their head covering.” So there you go: men take their head coverings off, ladies keep theirs on, and it is not disrespectful at all. Enjoy your hat, and enjoy the game! Go Zags! ~ Spoko-Gnome

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Can you believe this place? The Magic Lantern Theatre shows films that range from thoughtprovoking to touching, hilarious and terrifying. It offers comfortable chairs and extra-large mugs of tea. And who even knew popcorn could be that good? It defies movie theatre expectations (stale, overpriced snacks, awkward seats and thermostats set to artic chill) and showcases movies that you might otherwise never hear about. And it does all that for a regular admission price of $7.


Let the good people at Boots Bakery and Lounge prove that butter, eggs and dairy aren’t necessary to make luscious, melting, chewy and decadent baked goods. In fact, turns out that animal products aren’t necessary for any of the really, really good soups, sandwiches and salads Boots offers. And yeah, their coffee and mixed drinks? Those are really tasty, too. Plus, Boots hosts local artists and musicians. So, go and sample what they have to offer and support an ethical and inspiring way to do business.


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Not all antique stores are created equal. Unlike some antique stores, Main Street Antiques offers a carefully curated, expertly displayed selection of home décor and furniture that will inspire you to capture some of the same shabby chic glamor in your own home.

Main Street Sometimes

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DRINK Sometimes, you don’t want multi-layered hoers d’oeuvres, meticulously crafted cocktails or a cover charge. Sometimes, you just want to enjoy a beer with friends. For those evenings when substance trumps style, go to Fast Eddie’s, the “All Purpose Pub.” Its loud, busy and a lot of fun.

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illuminate Visiting a lighting store may not be at the top of your list of fun weekend activities – but it should be. Walking through the door at Revival Lighting feels like tumbling down the rabbit hole. Lamps, sconces, pendants, and chandeliers – this store has more elegant, whimsical and stylish fixtures then you can imagine. Whether you need a new desk lamp or not, a visit to Revival Lighting will surely brighten your day. • December - January • 2014


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What I Know Shelia Geraghty

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Sheila Geraghty

lifelong Spokane resident and Business Administrator at The Salvation Army of Spokane photo by Fine Art Photography

I wouldn’t want to live anywhere but Spokane. I have lived in Spokane, Washington my entire life. I have read almost every historical book on Spokane. I love it here. Yes, I understand why my friends and sisters now live in big cities and say they would never go back, but something about Spokane has kept me here to stay. I have been able to take care of my grandparents and parents and participate in some of the best local events around. I actually went to five different grade schools in Spokane. When I got to Gonzaga Prep as a freshman, I knew half my class because I had already been in class with them. I was so proud in 1993, when my father, Jack Geraghty, a Spokane lifer as well, became our Spokane mayor. He deserved it; he knows Spokane like no other. Spokane has so much to offer if you truly appreciate its uniqueness. I embrace the history, the seasons, the river and the recreation. Being a native is a good thing. Traveling is a good thing. But coming back to Spokane is even better. Pay it forward isn’t talking about money. I recently attended the memorial service of man who was truly remembered as someone who paid it forward everyday. And the payment wasn’t just helping someone who was down on their luck or in need, it was a tribute to the large payout to his family, children and friends who honored his dignity and personal accomplishments with the respect he so earned over his lifetime. It is a struggle to dignify everyone’s existence because sometimes we don’t understand the barriers and hurdles they face everyday. But, at the Salvation Army, our mission statement clearly says that we “serve in Jesus name without discrimination and with dignity and respect.” I totally admit to having to remember that on a daily basis. Why are you poor, hungry, in need or challenged by parenthood? Don’t ask that question. Just understand, give a hand up (not a hand out) and empower people to succeed, because success in any payout makes them feel good and gives them a boost to take that next step. The thing I value most in life is family. We Geraghtys are a big clan! It is like six degrees of Geraghtys in Spokane, everyone knows a Geraghty, or a cousin or a distant relative, etc. I so loved and cherished my grandparents on both my mother and father’s side. They were the most important part of my childhood and the traditions I have today, are the traditions we had growing up. My sisters have passed them on to their children. My grandfather John Geraghty grew up at E. 503 Sharp Avenue, which is now the current International Studies building for Gonzaga University. And yes, Grandpa John hung out with Bing just like most people in the GU neighborhood back then. Some resourceful folks in our family have been able to render stories from those who have passed on and my favorite is entitled “Christmas at the Geraghtys on Sharp.” If I could ever go back in time, I would choose the mid 1930s to be in that majestic vintage Geraghty drawing room festive with Christmas and see how their traditions are still mine today. On my mother’s side, we still vacation every year in the old rustic log cabin my grandmother grew up in in Coram, Montana, near Glacier Park. I feel such comfort there because of the memories I have of her and her sisters. Oh, and sisters? I have three - and 13 girl cousins. When we get together, we always sing the Sisters song from the holiday movie White Christmas and we do have the turquoise feathers!

Learning happens every minute of the day. I value education a great deal. It is why I went to college at WSU (Go Cougs), got my masters at GU (Go Zags) and take every training I have time for at work. I love to learn and it is a passion that is now completely fueled and satisfied by Google. I Google everything I can and probably do it daily. Back in the 80s going to college, we did it the hard way; we spent hours of time at the library going through books doing research. It wasn’t easy at all. There were no computers! But now that I look back on it, I think as much as I love Google, the hard work and time studying the way it was meant to be, paid off. I also learn everyday from the people I work with. I feel empowered to surround myself with people who understand the non-profit world. One does not work for a nonprofit for the money. They do it because they have a passion for helping people. Because of that, you get quality staff who care, who work hard and who you want to spend Monday through Friday with. I am a firm believer in what Sheriff Knezovich says about education. We may not be able to save this generation, but we still have a chance at the next. He believes that taking care of our children has to happen now. It is a community campaign and it centers on keeping kids in school and stopping the family cycle of poverty and crime. This is at the core of our work with families at The Salvation Army. We are all in charge of our own destiny. That old saying implies that if you can’t change your destiny, you can change your reaction to it. Your destiny is your reaction. With every adversity and unexpected challenge it is how we lift our head and move on that is the healing potion. We all have felt it, when a parent loses a young child or has a tragic accident, how did they make it through that? It is a hidden strength from within that just blossoms with the grace of God and out comes the person who is going to hold it all together for everyone else. My Energizer Bunny is running out of batteries. I have been called an Energizer Bunny on more than one occasion. I like to stay busy, have fun, help people and I have a hard time saying no. But, with old age come limits. I have two titles for my biography if I ever have time to sit down and write it: I Picked My Battles or You Can’t Make This Stuff Up. Long gone are the elaborate dinner theme parties and the all-day cooking extravaganzas. I now treasure whenever someone cooks for me! Working hard is a gift. But it is a gift that shouldn’t affect your life or health. Picking battles and balance are very important when you have a job like mine. I wear dozens of hats a day and have a strong “Git R Dun” attitude towards work and life. But the time comes when you start to plan for your “golden years,” start looking forward to them, worry a lot and let go of the feeling like you have to do it all, all the time. Laughing is good for you! In my large circle of close friends, one dominant theme is always present. We laugh – a lot! Friendship is a gift and long friendships are golden. You know you have a true friend when you don’t see each other for years and when you get together again it is like you just saw each other yesterday. I have a handful of those people, including my sisters and cousins. Research shows that laughing is good for you. Which explains why all my relatives live so long. We laugh, and we laugh often. Did you know that the study of the physical effects of laughter on humans is called gelotology? I would like to sign up to be a part of that study! • December - January • 2014


Metro talk Education

Education orm

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by Paul Haeder photos by Makenna Haeder

School-to-Prison Pipeline “With 40 percent of wealth going to the top one percent, public services are drying up from lack of revenue and more and more young people find themselves locked out of the dream of getting a decent education or a job while being robbed of any hope for the future,” says Henry Giroux, Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies.

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onnecting the dots and embracing the realities of causation can emancipate an entire community, the whole state, or our nation, for that matter. It takes more than just a village to raise our children. What does it really take to develop all children?

Early education programs that work, i.e. resources such as culturally-appropriate curriculum, healthy bodies, loving paraeducators, resilient directors and involved families. Smaller classrooms and “reality education” tied to developing critical thinking, cracking the books covering the great subjects of our time and navigating a tough job market and economic climate. Better and connected junior and high school teachers who have been trained in multiculturalism and have multiple contexts from which to guide, mentor, teach. That means our teachers have to come from the very neighborhoods and ethnic and racial backgrounds of their students -­ a national student population that will be in 20 years 45 to 50 percent youth of color. More jobs skills and life coaching with strong safety nets around behavioral health and drug, alcohol and sex training that works, that’s real. Stronger cultural engagement tied to participatory arts and sports. “There’s nothing to do around here if you are a teen or twenty-something . . . . It’s an old foggy town. Great if

Better families that aren’t broke (financially) or broken down emotionally.

you are into soccer, but what about the rest of us? People running Spokane are suburbanites, totally lacking in youth cred. Cold, conservative, lots of churches and bars.”

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Sound hippie like? Well, listen to the sheriff. “The criminal cycle starts out for people at a young age,” says two-term Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. “The key is early education, and poverty is another key indicator of future criminality. Three things cause most people to go to jail: lack of education, lack of employment or job history, and lack of a home. People need a place to sleep in order to get a job and go to school.” The sheriff first started Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich policing in Spirit, Wyoming, but he is thinking about staying the course in Spokane politics for another eight years, hoping to get a graduate degree and one day teach youth, at a community college. He may be at the helm of some of the directives around the “big bad” Spokane County jail, but he continues to tout his voluntary work reading to Head Start classes. He is so involved for good reason. “Early education and reading, they are the best indicators of future crime, in my opinion,” he says. If You Deconstruct Safety Nets, Youth Will Flounder One truism is solid when it comes to what many in so many professions – cops, judges, teachers, sociologists, elected officials, psychologists and even economists – see as our biggest challenge: our youth are inheriting the dysfunction of an economy that is creating fewer opportunities for good work. Additionally, schools and schooling have become this giant experiment with so many non-experts chiming in on what needs to be done to the curriculum and bricks and mortar reality of K-12 and even college institutions. “Schools are a microcosm of society,” says Rosey Thurman, lawyer for Team Child, a statewide organization dedicated to empowering youth to not get kicked out of the system. “I don’t envy the teachers, don’t get me wrong. Many of my clients are getting kicked out because they have mental health issues.” Unfortunately for Thurman, who’s been

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at this job in Spokane for 17 years and has roots in Chicago, her clients are youth who come from homes that are wrecked, broken or bloodied by violent parents. They come to school with developmental disabilities and mental health issues. Others are living on the streets or are couch surfing. Many youth do not have parents around, or have them in name only – mothers and fathers who have checked out with booze, drugs and criminality. “I’d say that if you were homeless, you’d expect to have a few mental health issues,” she says. Her client load is around 250 youth per year, and she has all sorts of cases, including emancipation requests and tribulations around getting schools to take back young people. She is not afraid to say that the school resource officers in some Spokane schools are “heavy handed, pushing youths into diversion programs for carrying a pocket knife at school or smoking a little pot.” “My hope is the criminal justice system becomes fair. That means the same sentence for a black person as a white or Asian person.” ~ Watkins

Thurman reiterated a case she was working on where the smart parent doubted the suspension of her high schooler on marijuana smoking. The mother had not one but three drug tests ordered on her son, all coming back clean for all drugs, including pot. The child was reinstated, but this is an example, Thurman points out, of a “highly-involved parent advocating for her son.” In most cases, the suspended child loses valuable classroom time, and even five days but certainly two weeks of suspension are enough to sink a child’s entire school year. It’s easy to blame the schools, and the teachers. In this day and James Wilburn age, teachers are pariahs for the misinformed public and deluded political class. The Los Angeles school district got rid of thousands of teachers and librarians in lieu of iPads. Even so, teachers got partial pay vouchers for 30 percent of their wages in sunny California. We have to wonder what message this

sends to our youth. It’s not unusual, as Thurman and Team Child office experience here, in Seattle or Yakima, to see teachers not following IEPs or IBPs – individual education or behavioral plans – for youth who have been diagnosed with behavioral disabilities. For Todd Eklof, Spokane Unitarian Universalist minister and one of the many individuals representing over 30 groups around a program in Spokane that is being touted as Smart Justice, he knows the value of early intervention in young people’s lives. “We were one of the first organizations to sign up for Smart Justice,” Eklof says. “As a church, the Unitarian Universalists are interested in justice as equality. We believe that justice has to be distributive, and has to take into account poverty and racial disproportionality.” Pipelines – From Cradle to School to Jail The Unitarian, the lawyer Thurman and others, including James Wilburn, new director of Spokane’s NAACP, and Pastor Happy Watkins, head of the New Hope Baptist Church, are clear when they speak to anyone, let alone a journalist, that Spokane is in fact not unlike other communities that have this gateway to the school to prison pipeline. “Spokane has a built-in mechanism or system that over incarcerates young black youth,” says Wilburn, who is at Rogers High School as a retention specialist, a program he helped develop at Lewis and Clark High School, called achievement gap intervention. “It’s not the weather that keeps African Americans from settling or staying in Spokane, it’s the cultural aspect. Spokane is not welcoming to people of color.” photo Mary Stamp So, in one sense, there are two pipelines – the school-to-prison one that facilitates, as study after study has borne out, the juvenile and adult criminal justice “systems” meting out harsher penalties to black youth (males at the highest levels) and also providing fewer services to get those now in the system back on track, like those Sheriff Knezovich

cites as vital: job skills, housing assistance, mental and drug/alcohol programs. The second pipeline is this Diaspora of both black and white youngsters out of River City, because there is no social life for youth, which Watkins says “is at an all-time low.” In a city with four universities and a military presence, photo Mary Stamp the number of Pastor Happy Watkins African Americans leaving is alarming to both Wilburn and Pastor Watkins. “There’s racial profiling going on in our schools,” Wilburn says. “African American youth are suspended from school at a rate three times higher than Caucasians. When the criminal justice system – police, what have you – locks young black males up for minor offenses and they spend more time in jail or juvenile detention than whites, what message does that send our community?” The message is clear – there are only about 22 African American congregations in Spokane, ranging from 300 to 40 or 50 congregants. “These 22 churches are also in a survival mode,” Watkins says. “Any extra money in the beneficent fund for housing or clothing to help our congregation, well, we are strapped.”

He shared that just the previous Sunday “a young man came up to me after the service asking for some help with groceries.” For Watkins, who’s famous for his “I Have a Dream” speech renditions, this is the groundwork of those two pipelines being laid down: “My hope is the criminal justice system becomes fair. That means the same sentence for a black person as a white or Asian person. Look, our kids don’t see a value in the education system. They don’t work as hard to make an effort to succeed. It’s really concerning to me that they don’t see productive citizens of color – simple things like at the grocery stores, or selling cars, or in the office. Even in City Hall. There is little for them to see as models to

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Panel at the Spokane National Association for the Advancement of Colored People with TV personality Judge Joe Brown discussing school to prison pipeline.

illustrate the importance of striving for an education.” For lawyers like Breean Beggs and Center for Justice attorney Julie Schaffer, this issue of mounting numbers of people in jail for non-violent offenses, for missing court dates or not paying old fines, is one reason they have dedicated themselves to work on a yearlong campaign of Smart Justice. The City With “Nothing To Do” for Youth Reaps What it Sows Still, Watkins says that “it’s painful to see these young people having to pay attorney’s fees or the mounting cost of tickets.” The old adage about Spokane not having enough for young people to do or enough culture to keep them here is not just a teen’s perennial complaint. I was at the Terrain Art Show, a oneday affair October 4th, now in its sixth iteration. From 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. people lined up to listen to bands, see art in both two dimensions and 3-D as well as partake in digital and film projects, live performances and food. Impressive, but many of the youth I talked to the day before and the day of the event hadn’t heard a thing about it. And Terrain is a youth-oriented show, limited to 35 years or younger as artists! “There’s nothing to do around here if you are a teen or twenty-something . . . . It’s an old foggy town. Great if you are into soccer, but what about the rest of us? People running Spokane are suburbanites, totally lacking in youth cred. Cold, conservative, lots of churches and bars.” I am not pushing causality, but the less there is for youth to do, well, even the CIA studies that – countries with the highest youth population (16-30), and they also look at the male demographic closely, the 44 • December - January • 2014

more chances of civil unrest. When you are young, out of work, and see older people’s decision-making processes in all levels of our society create barriers (poverty) as they accumulate wealth, there is immediate frustration . . . which can lead to violence. Unfortunately, the economics of a struggling middle class and more and more people living in or near poverty levels play into many families’ collective mental dynamics.

“These are just the low-hanging fruit, and these changes alone would do a great deal of good for our community,” ~Moore

One Person’s Panhandler Is Another Person’s Child There are more and more homeless youth in Spokane, troubled youth in the school system and youths hanging out on the streets. Schools have become intolerant and incapable of dealing with children whose troubles in fact lead directly back to those sometimes violent or missing parents.

We are perceived to be a city that basically sees street youth as a few notches above al Qaeda. Young people have to have cities that respond to their cultural and inspiring needs. Cities need economic development that addresses employment and service learning opportunities for young people. I’ve studied this as both a police beat reporter in El Paso, Tucson, Southern Arizona, Mexico and as a journalist in Spokane and Seattle, and as a college teacher working at universities, community colleges, military bases, prisons and alternative high schools. The wrong methods are clear: harassing youth, blaming them for bad parents, bad communities and bad opportunities. Then, we lock them up as delinquents and finally move juveniles into the Big House. This warehousing of “adults” for nonviolent offenses is costing communities big time. It costs entire families their futures. Plus, to use plain old arithmetic for Spokane’s taxpayer, as Beggs and Schaffer say in unison, “the criminal justice system – judges, courts, cops, probation officers, the jail, etc. – costs us seventy cents for every dollar of tax revenue.” A more in-depth look is needed to consider Smart Justice platform, the no-new jail movement, and the positions of law enforcement folk like Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. For now, Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane director, Liz Moore, yet another person tied to the groups fighting for Smart Justice Spokane, offers this thought: “We need to stop jailing people for driving with a suspended license, unless it’s connected with driving under

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the influence. We need to stop jailing people for failure to pay court fines. We need to use common sense alternatives like electronic home monitoring for nonviolent offenders so that people can stay employed, stay housed, not have their kids enter the foster system.” She’s on board with strong mental health courts and mental health treatment programs since about one-third of people in the county jail have some form of mental illness and/or are on psychotropic medications. “These are just the low-hanging fruit, and these changes alone would do a great deal of good for our community,” says Moore. “When these common sense and obvious changes are not in place, it makes sense to ask what are other changes do we need to make that maybe are less obvious to people who aren’t feeling the impact? When we see that African American and Native American men are over-represented in our county jail, we have to say together that ending racial disproportionality in our criminal justice system is absolutely necessary.” Policies and procedures that result in those disparities need to be looked at critically. The Sheriff and Pastor Watkins agree on one thing, though: We need to work on the family, kitchen table and the home. Paul K. Haeder is a freelance writer who worked in Spokane as a community college instructor and journalist for over 10 years. The positions taken in Metro Talk columns do not necessarily reflect the views of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine’s publisher or staff.




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As I begin writing,

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the blank white page reminds me of a mountainside covered by freshly fallen snow. Writing a story is like packing a foot trail or setting a ski track so that others may follow. The object is to make it easy for the reader to follow, just as it is for the backcountry skier to climb to the mountaintop. Each winter snowstorm creates a blank canvas for backcountry skiers who wish to craft their art. The up track and the turn are the brushstrokes that are learned through years of practice; an art that is performed without the use of machines. The power is provided by human

Winter Scene, Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Idaho, January 2011

muscle and gravity. Like winding a rubber band, as the skier climbs upward, his or her potential energy is increased. This energy is released as the skier flows down through the snow in a delightful descent that gives the skier a feeling akin to that of a flying bird. There is a feeling of freedom from earth’s gravity. Long stints in the up track that winds up the mountain allow the backcountry skier ample time to enjoy the beauty of a winter day as well as meditative reflection that occurs due to the mind-focusing physical effort required to climb upward.

Backcountry skiers are fortunate to have some great areas to ski in our region. Most of them are out of reach for most since they require a day or more of travel on skis or snowshoes just to get there. One of the most popular backcountry areas locally is the Stevens Peak area, which is located in the Bitterroot Mountains on the Idaho-Montana border, an area that has been • December - January • 2014


Naturally Jeff Mann above Boulder Creek Headwaters, Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Idaho, March 2013

used by quiet human-powered winter recreationists for more than 50 years. One of the main reasons for its popularity is the fact that access during the winter is relatively easy from trailheads at Mullan, Idaho and Lookout Pass just off of I-90. A group of backcountry skiers has worked for more than a dozen years, since 2000, trying to make the dream of preserving a conjoined portion of the Lolo and Idaho Panhandle National Forests for non-motorized winter recreation in the vicinity of Stevens Peak a reality. This has included years-long efforts to shape the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Plan Revision to recognize the need for a non-motorized winter recreation area. Unfortunately, the Revised Forest Plan for the Idaho Panhandle National Forest does not include any acknowledgement of the importance of the Stevens Peak backcountry area for quiet human-powered winter recreationists. Three years ago several of my backcountry skier friends and I created the Inland Northwest Backcountry Alliance (INWBA) in an effort to give backcountry skiers a voice for the preservation of a portion of the Stevens Peak backcountry area for quiet human powered winter recreation. The Stevens Peak backcountry is just over 6,000 acres, in contrast to the nearly 2.5 million acre Idaho Panhandle National Forest and 48 • December - January • 2014

2 million acre Lolo National Forest. With the exception of a small fraction of these two national forests, almost all is open to motorized winter recreation. Snowmobiles can travel dozens of miles into the forest in the time it takes backcountry skiers or snowshoers to travel just one mile. Backcountry skiers avoid areas being used by over snow vehicle (OSV) users because the snow cannot be skied once it has been tracked up by machines. Backcountry skiers seek out quiet, solitude and untracked snows. The members of INWBA are not opposed to OSVs. Their goal is to have the Forest Service manage their use in the vicinity of Stevens Peak. Remarkably, at the present time, the Forest Service has no laws on the books that allow the agency to manage OSV use. President Richard Nixon penned Executive Order 11644 in 1972, which required managing agencies including the Forest Service to “establish policies and provide for procedures” to manage off-road vehicle (including OSV) travel. The 2005 Travel Management Rule requires each national forest to designate roads, trails and areas that are open to motorized vehicle use and identify these on Motor Vehicle Use Maps; however, the 2005 rule exempted OSVs, leaving the option of OSV management

Aspen Grove, Lolo National Forest, Montana, January 2013

entirely up to the local managing officials. What has transpired in most cases and specifically in the Stevens Peak backcountry is that there is no management of OSVs. The result is winner-take-all for OSVs while backcountry skiers and other human-powered recreationists loose. When the INWBA has asked the Idaho Panhandle and Lolo National Forests to manage OSVs in the Stevens Peak area, the Forest Service has refused, saying that they don’t have the time or budget. In March of 2013, a lawsuit brought to the U.S. District Court of Idaho by the Winter Wildlands Alliance, a national grassroots organization advocating for the preservation of opportunities for quiet human-powered winter recreation, resulted in the 2005 Travel Management Rule’s OSV exemption being overturned. Now members of INWBA are hoping that the Forest Service will be able to undertake OSV management in the Stevens Peak area; however, powerful groups such as the BlueRibbon Coalition are lobbying that the U.S. District Court decision should be abandoned. In addition to the pressures of growing numbers of OSV users, there are others who want to control pieces of the Stevens Peak backcountry area, including Lookout Pass Ski Area, which is pro-

posing additional ski lifts and more runs to be cut in the Saint Regis River drainage of the Lolo National Forest in Montana. If the ski area gets its way, their hope further down the road is to construct additional ski lifts, a new base facility and much expanded parking area in the Saint Regis River drainage. The Saint Regis drainage is a nexus of winter recreation because of the easy access from I-90. Any expansion of the ski area will displace OSV use into areas of the Stevens Peak backcountry that are currently typically used by backcountry snowboarders and skiers, and snowshoers. Unless quiet human-powered winter recreationists speak up they will lose the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful area for good. It has been hoped that the beauty of the area would speak for itself. The ultimate fate of this area is in the hands of the Forest Service since the issue is political the only way to change things is if enough people speak up for the Stevens Peak backcountry. John Latta photographs and writes about the beautiful outdoors in every other issue of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living. To see more of John’s photography or purchase a print of a photo in this article, visit his website • December - January • 2014


100th Issue


Our Story


by Blythe Thimsen

ow do you get to 100 issues? Start with $495 and watch the story unfold. That’s how Vince and Emily Bozzi, publishers of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, started back in 1996. Growing the magazine to its 100th issue has been an adventure, a struggle and a success, something they could not have even dreamed of when they first set out in this business. “I’d always wanted to own my own business,” says Vince, who worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 13 years before branching out into his own business. As a kid, he worked in the periodicals department of the downtown library, sending requested magazines from the basement up to the first floor on the pulley system. “I was fascinated by the hundreds of magazines, some going back to the 1800s,” he says of the library’s magazine collection, which he spent his free time looking through. Bitten by the bug, he started writing, paying his way through Eastern Washington University writing freelance articles. In 1996, Emily had been working in sales at Sears and Nordstrom, but decided she was tired of waiting for customers to come to her; she wanted a platform from which she could go out and get her own customers. “We were

looking for something that would play to our strengths,” says Vince. It was while looking through a newspaper, Vince saw an ad for a company in Saginaw, Michigan, that printed coupon books. For $495, you could start a local branch of their coupon business, being responsible for sales only, while the parent company handled printing and design of ads. “We decided we could do this, so we sent away for it,” he says. They wrote their check for $495 and were in business. They staked out a commercial area and went after clients. Emily got two sales her first day, and Vince was so nervous to try sales that he just dropped the literature off at the front desk of a toy store, and left, but they called back the next day to say yes to advertising. Their coupon company, named Q-Pon, grew; however, there were logistical problems. The parent company, which did the printing, was in Michigan, and in the days before email that meant multiple overnight FedEx shipments had to be sent each week, making it difficult and expensive to produce coupons. Six months later, in January of 1997, the Bozzis started their own coupon book, Best Book. “I decided I needed to give it my full attention,” says Vince, so he quit the post office, and worked full time for himself. “It was scary. I

July 1999

Vince Bozzi and Emily Guevarra Bozzi 2013

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Best Book transitions to Spokane Home & Life

was going to be 39, and I remember thinking I didn’t want to be in my 50s and thinking ‘I could have done this great adventure but was too scared,’” he says. Best Book thrived for two years, and then in 1999, one of the clients that was approached for buying advertising/ coupons in Best Book made a comment that altered the road on which the Bozzis were traveling. “We don’t do coupons,” said one of the owners of Burgan’s Furniture, “ but if you had a magazine, we’d advertise in that!” The idea was born. For the next issue of the coupon book, there were still seven pages of coupons to sell. Vince discovered how to buy syndicated content, filling the space with content on home improvement, the field many of their coupon advertisers specialized in. It was a test, but Vince and Emily liked what they saw. “I realized we could have a magazine,” says Vince. “Then I thought ‘wait a minute, that’s crazy. Don’t rich people own magazines?’” But he was too intrigued by the idea. After reviewing several magazines they found an oversized publication called Texas Home & Life and had found the inspiration they needed to launch Spokane Home & Life. It was launched in July 1999, and

March 2001

First issuewith standard magazine size; art director David Crary joins team

issue one of the magazine was printed. “Every mistake you could make in a magazine, we did,” says Vince of that first issue. “Now, when I look back at it, I wouldn’t even pick it up off a newsstand!” Eight issues were printed before the size was switched to a traditional 8 ½ by 11-inch magazine format, in March 2001. One year later, with issue fourteen, the name was rebranded as Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living. Along the way, there have been steps ahead, missteps taken, lessons learned, improvements made, and successes embraced. Some employees have come and gone, some have stayed for the duration; and the office location has changed several times. Throughout it all, though, two things have stayed the same. The goal of the magazine is to shine a light on all that is great and worth celebrating in Spokane, and our loyal readers and advertisers are of great value to us. With Vince heading up the business side, and Emily leading the sales side, they both strive to do their best. “I’m naturally a shy person, but when we started our business, I promised I would do my part,” says Emily. “I had nothing to lose, I was in a new country. Why not do a good job, be excellent, be the best in what I do?” An experience that Emily had early in her sales career has helped


Rebranded as Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living

shape her life, and her approach to sales. One day, while she was working at Sears, an older man leaning on a cane came into the store to look at appliances. Some of the senior sales staff opted not to help him, knowing he didn’t look like someone who could afford to buy appliances. While they held back, Emily stepped forward to greet the man, deciding to help him, if only to practice her sales process. As she took him around the department, he asked questions about every appliance they had, from stoves to refrigerators and freezers, to washers and dryers. She spent almost two hours with him, answering questions about each appliance, showcasing features and singing the praises of different models. After all their time together, he thanked her for her assistance, but told her he was going to shop around at other stores to see where he would get the best deal. She wished him well and parted ways with him, but she kept thinking about him throughout the day. Her coworkers chuckled at the time and effort she had put into working with him, but she felt certain it had not been wasted time. There was a flower shop in the same mall as the Sears store, and Emily decided to send flowers to the man, as a thank you for letting her

work with him. It was a small gesture that didn’t cost her too much, but she felt grateful for the chance to have helped him. Three days later, he came back into the store, asked for Emily, and bought 10 of every appliance she had showed him, allowing Emily to shatter the sales record for the store. Turns out this older man whom the other sales associates had written off as not looking like someone who could afford to buy appliances, was building a hotel. He told her she was the only one who had taken a personal interest in him, and who had gone above and beyond to make him feel special. It didn’t matter where he could get the best financial deal; he felt the most cared for and valued with her. “You don’t judge, never judge people by how they look,” says Emily. “Be friendly and learn the art of reading customers, to know what they need and then meet their needs.” As a magazine, that is our goal. To meet the needs of our readers and advertisers. To tell the stories, share the news and build up our community, making this a better place to live. That is how you get to 100 issues. And now onto the next 100…….

September 2004

First issue under the editorship of Blythe Thimsen; sister publication Inland Business Catalyst is launched

January 2005

Perfect binding replaces staple binding


Advance to UV coated cover • December - January • 2014


15 Ye ar s of serving the

Who We Are, What We Do,



Vince Bozzi –Publisher Stephanie Regalado

Blythe Thimsen

Marketing Editor (3 years freelance/2 years staff) Studied English/Psychology, Eastern Washington University

Editor in Chief (9+ years) B.A. Communication Studies, Westmont College

& CEO (17 years) B.S. Business Management, Eastern Washington University


Melissa Halverson

Arika Whiteaker

Camille Mackie

Director of Events and Promotions (1 month) Elementary Education and Music, Whitworth University

Traffic Manager (1 year) Enrolled in Pre-Physical Therapy program at Eastern Washington University

Graphic Designer (2 months) B.A. Graphic Design, Whitworth University

July 2007

First issue to pass 200-page mark


October 2007

Lead graphic designer Kristi Somday joins team • December - January • 2014

Kristi Somday


David Crary

Lead Graphic Designer (6+ years) Art Director B.A. Visual Communication Design, Senior Graphic Designer (11+ years) Eastern Washington University B.A. Graphic Communications, Eastern Washington University

Began printing 8 issues per year


Launched sister publications Prime and WA

March 2008

Split cover makes its first appearance

inland Northwest

and How Long We’ve Been Here Owner


Emily Guevarra Bozzi Co-Publisher (17 years) Degree in Education, Manuel S. Enverga University in Lucena City, Philippines

Kim Morin

Theresa Berglund

Director of Operations (2 years) B.A. Education, Eastern Washington University

Circulation Director/Collections & Accounts Receivable (2 years) Criminal and Business Law, University of Washington (Tacoma campus)


Cindy Guthrie

Jeffrey Richardson

Debra J. Smith

Diane Caldwell

Senior Account Executive (3 years) B.A. Journalism / Political Science, University of Colorado

Senior Account Executive (1 year) B.A. Communications, Gonzaga University

Account Executive (3 years / 1 month) BSW, Eastern Washington University

Account Executive (1 month) Seven years of experience in Advertising and Marketing

March 2009

Offices move to Tapio Center

October 2009

First Best Of party – a small gathering at Isabella’s Gin Joint


Events department added

July 2011

First annual Hot Summer Nights party for July’s “Hot” issue


Our 100th issue is produced! • December - January • 2014


Enjoy the Giving by Blythe Thimsen

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hen it comes to gift giving, it is often said it’s the thought that counts, but what happens when you can’t “think” of a single thing to give? You know that feeling. You set out early on your one free day of the week. You drive downtown, park the car, get inside and then you freeze. Where to go? What to buy? The crowds intensify around you, and you are still frozen in one spot with a blank screen in your mind. Where is your personal shopper when you need one? Drumroll please….. We are here to help! Consider us your personal shopper this year. We work with great local advertisers year round, so come December we turned to them and ask for their best gift ideas, and they delivered. So sit back, relax, look through our 2013 Christmas Gift Wish List, and enjoy gift giving again this year!

Cufflinks and Pendants Men’s collectable cufflinks that will stop you in your tracks. Many different styles to choose from! (Starting at $60.00) A diamond necklace that is sure to bring smiles! Tiny charms, like this Fishbone Diamond Pendant are a favorite, ($499.00). Look what landed on this Yellow Gold leaf pendant! Catch this diamond butterfly in your net! ($440.00) Jewelry Design Center, (509) 487-5905,

2013 Christmas Gift Wish List

BMW 4 Series Coupe Turns out the “Ultimate Driving Machine” is also the ultimate gift. When you give a gift like this, it is sure to get their motors running! The powerful aesthetics and dynamics characterize the new BMW 4 Series Coupe. (Starting at $48,000) Camp BMW, (509) 458-3288,

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Herringbone Dress and Accessories Steel the scene in this fun dress, which borrows from the traditional and classic styles while embracing fun and sassy. A new twist on a classic black and white herringbone occurs in this wear anywhere dress ($75.00). A red necklace and earring set ($29.00) and Leanne Hobo Purse ($158.00) finish the look. Jema Lane Boutique, (509) 321-2330, • December - January • 2014



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Now, you, too, can afford to drive the brand of choice for celebrities, athletes and of course the Royal Family. The new Range Rover Evoque, Motor Trend magazine’s 2012 SUV of the year. The Range Rover Evoque delivers 28 mpg on the highway. (Starting at $41,995.00) Lyle Pearson Spokane, (509) 892-9200,

Designed to withstand water splashes, the SensioPod pops up to give access to the power outlets and then neatly retracts, hidden from view. ($192.95) Spokane Hardware Supply, Inc., (509) 535-1663,


Les Coquettes’ Rag Dolls & Tea Set


Imaginations will light up, and playtime comes to life with these beloved children’s gifts. Les Coquettes’ rag doll and fabric tea set by French toymaker Moulin Roty. ($84.00). French Toast, (509) 315-8200,

Stressless Magic Chair & Ottoman -

There are chairs you sit in, and those you escape to. Escape this holiday season in a Stressless chair and ottoman. (price varies by model & configuration.)



The Tin Roof, (509) 535-4121,


Local and regionally made gifts and home décor make the perfect gift. Bracelets are always a welcome gift, especially when they are distinctive and fashionable. ($12.00 - $39.00) Ferrante’s Marketplace, (509) 443-6304,


Bumble and Bumble Hair Products

Bumble and Bumble hair products complement the fantastic styling services at Spa Paradiso, located in Kendall Yards. ($12.00 – to $29.00) Spa Paradiso, (509) 747-3529,

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Smoked salmon, gourmet gouda cheese, crackers, supreme salted nut mix, soft peanut brittle, grilled asparagus spears, decadent cranberry tea cookies, a variety of irresistible chocolates, Cinnamon Pear Balsamic vinegar, Walla Walla Sweet Onion mustard, a bottle of Northwest red wine and many more delicacies. ($139.95 - $199.95) Simply Northwest, (509) 927-8206,



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Put some zip into your sip. This fun and whimsical Leopard tea set will liven up your teatime. This set includes a teapot, creamer, sugar, and two cups and saucers. ($74.98, plus tax). Taste and See Tea, (509) 714-0097,

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Our creative floral designs will bring warmth and beauty for your holiday and New year celebrations! 509.747.2101 On the top of Sunset Hill • December - January • 2014



Abstract Textile Study

Abstract Textile Study inspired by African Kuba cloth made from vintage fabrics. 20” x 20”. This piece is created by artist Christina Rothe, whose work is showing through December at the William Grant Gallery and Framing. ($1,000.00) William Grant Gallery and Framing, (509) 484 3535,


Hand Blown Accent Pieces

Unique hand blown vases are a perfect accent piece for any home. Available in several shapes and sizes; pictured are a vase ($59.00) and bowl ($79.00). Take 20% off through December. Dania Furniture, (509) 624-7740,

Cheese Kit

Say cheese! Make your own cheese at home in minutes with cheese kits from The Kitchen Engine! Don’t you think this is a gouda gift? We sure do! ($39.99) The Kitchen Engine, (509) 328-3335,

t Floral Designs

Festive holiday arrangements in keepsake containers, all shapes, sizes and colors to fit any Christmas decor. Add an animal sculpture to remind your friend of their favorite friend. (Starting at $34.99 – sculptures sold separately.) Sunset Florist and Greenhouse, (509) 747-2101,

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Sassy Gal Essentials Throw this Bling Flower Bag ($178.00) on your shoulder, this Stud Hat ($38.00) on your head, Via Pinky Boots on your feet ($60.00), and accessorize with this Bling matching wallet ($38), and you’ll be the sassiest gal in town! Sunny Buns, (509) 533-6300,

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Ten scrumptious flavors in 40 designs for all occasions make these cakes a delicious, one-of-a-kind gift. ($20.00 and up. Pictured cake is $40.00) Nothing Bundt Cakes, (509) 535-4864,


Bundt Cakes, Bundtinis, and Bundlets

Royal Beauty Treatments

Heavenly Formula begins relieving pain upon application and aids in relieving tension headaches, joint pain, sore back and neck muscles. It’s divine! 4.4 ounces. ($29.99) Royal Beauty Treatments, (866) 552-8177,

Poinsettia and Ornament

Poinsettia’s area a beautiful way to welcome the season, especially when they are from Liberty Park Florist, which grows their own - the prettiest in Spokane! Many colors and sizes to choose from. They offer poinsettias with a ceramic ornament ($13.95). Liberty Park Florist, (509) 534-9381, 


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What woman doesn’t want to feel elegant and bejeweled (the answer is none!) Offer her something special with this magnificent hand made amber and bead necklace and earring set from Poland ($480.00). Wonders of the World, (509) 328-6890,

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Home décor should be functional and fun! Gifts that accomplish this include this Winter Bird Container ($48.00) and ornament ($17.50) by artist Lisa Dailey, as well as this 100% soy candle ($18.00) by Rendezvous Vintage. Isabelle Paris Maison, (509) 475-1953,

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t Festive Holiday Basket Garden A basket of delights with assorted green plants in a large basket, covered with moss. Designed by Appleway Florist. Can be ordered online or, locally, on the phone, and delivered anywhere in the Spokane area. ($81.00) Appleway Florist & Greenhouse, (509) 924-5050,

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Manito Tap House Essentials Wear and tote your love for Manito Tap House with

these essential items. The logo bearing Eco Tech-Fleece Gander full zip jacket ($75.00) will keep you warm on the coolest of days, while the aluminum grunt ($18.00) is the best way to take your beverage with you. Manito Tap House, (509) 279-2671,


Christmas Tea Extravaganza Sat Dec 21st at 12pm

$35/person free gift and give-aways

Holiday Fashion

*Reservation Required

Add some sparkle to your holiday with this beautiful black velvet and gold embellished tank top by Hazel ($77.00), beaded necklace ($46.00) and earrings ($22.00). Lolo Boutique, (509) 747-2867,

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20lbs Deluxe Pack

Crown Foods, Inc., has been proudly serving Spokane since 1956. Their USDA aged beef is locally grown. The 20-lb Deluxe Pack includes: 2-T-Bone Steaks, 2 Rib Steaks, 2 Cube Steaks, 1 Sirloin Tip Steak, 1 Sirloin Steak, 1 Top Round Steak, 1 Chuck Roast, 1 Rump Roast, 8 Pork Loin Chops, and the balance in Ground Beef. ($92.95, gift certificates available.) Crown Foods, Inc. (509) 326-1111,

Let our Gift Specialists take the stress out of your Holiday season! Gourmet Gift Baskets for everyone on your list. *We Ship or Deliver Anywhere!*

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Personalized Wine Labels

Customize a wine label just for you, or give the gift of personalization. Choose your wine and choose your label, it’s that easy! This makes a great gift for individuals and organizations alike. ($14 a bottle and up) Winedentity, (509) 385-1092,

Perfect Accessories

It’s the accessories that make the outfit, and these will do so with flair! From a Swarovski crystal and rhinestone stackable bracelet ($13.75), to an all over beaded and crystal evening purse ($180.00), a soft Pashmina ($30.00) or a crystal envelope wallet ($45.00) these are the right gifts. Audrey’s A Boutique, (509) 324-8612,



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Health Beat 69 72 78

Blood Donation Mindful Eating CrossFit Interview

The Changing Landscape of

Blood How your donation can help INBC

by Elizabeth Giles


hen people think of blood recipients, they often think of the most extreme cases - car accidents, surgeries,

massive casualties, etc. In actuality, blood transfusions are used every day for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or patients suffering from kidney failure, anemia or congestive heart failure. • December - January • 2014


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Before donation: Be well hydrated and have eaten a nutritious meal 2-3 hours before donation (a common deferral is low iron!) Bring photo ID (For Whole Blood) Weigh at least 110 pounds (16 and 17 year old donors must weigh at least 120 pounds and be at least 5’4” tall). Anyone under the age of 18, must complete the Minor Donor Consent. Be cold/flu symptom free

after donation: Avoid heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for 12 hours. Drink extra fluids, preferably without alcohol or caffeine.

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“As the only supplier of blood for hospitals in a 150-mile area, Inland Northwest Blood Center needs an average of 200 donors each day,” says Elizabeth Giles, marketing and communication officer at Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC). “The need for blood is constant. Holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, 4th of July, and Labor Day, are considered highneed times of the year as INBC sees regular blood donors take vacations; resulting in fewer donors and an increased need.” When a patient is in need of blood, they must rely on a volunteer blood donor. INBC is regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which ensures the safest blood product will be available for transfusion when it is needed. One important requirement set down by the FDA is any product (organ, blood, tissue, etc.) that will be used for human transfusion or transplantation can’t be paid for. Of the 35% of the population that is able to give blood, less than 10% actually do. For our region, nearly 25% of donors are high school and 10% are college students, making an already difficult task to collect blood during the holidays, even harder. This decrease in donors, combined with hazardous weather, creates a perfect storm for the increased need for blood. Getting volunteer blood donors is not the only challenge for Inland Northwest Blood Center. With stronger blood management processes, hospitals are more specific about their needs, often requesting specific blood components. For donors coming through INBC doors the most common form of blood donation is whole blood, but that is

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something INBC is hoping to change. “When most people think of giving blood, they think of a whole blood donation. But blood donations have come a long way,” says Giles. “Whole blood is rarely used in its current form. Depending on the patient need, donors can customize their blood donation to make the most impact.” Through a process called apheresis, INBC can collect a certain component of your blood. Blood is made up of red blood cells, platelets and plasma with each blood component providing specific benefits for a patient in need. Not only does each component have a specific purpose, a donor’s blood type and gender make a difference in the best blood product to donate. Customizing blood donations affects the time between donations because the body needs to replenish itself. Whole blood requires an eight-week wait time in between donations. Red blood cells can be donated every 16-weeks. Seven days in between donations for platelets, 28 days (4 weeks) for plasma and no more than 24 platelet donations in the past 12 months. Every donor, whether giving whole blood or a blood component, must complete a health history and a mini-physical. The time spent in the chair is what differs for each donor depending on the donor and the type of the donation. Whole blood donors spend less than 15 minutes in the chair while red blood cells and platelets can take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes. So why spend more time in the chair? “Especially for patients who are receiving more than one transfusion, any time we can give them multiple blood products from

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one donor is ideal,” said Giles. “Platelets are only good for five days but, because they are essentially the band-aid for the body, they are necessary for trauma victims and cancer patients every day.” Chemotherapy treatments for cancer patients destroy the body’s platelets. It would take six to eight whole blood donors pooled together to produce one usable platelet unit. Some donors are able to give one, two or three units of platelets (depending on donor’s size). Transfusion of platelets and red blood cells are often prescribed to help the patient combat symptoms of chemotherapy. Red blood cell donation is not only beneficial for the patient by providing two units of red cells from the same donor, but also extends the time in between waiting from eight weeks to 16. Because only one specific component is taken, a donor can essential make the same impact with three red blood cell donations as with six donations of whole blood. INBC collects red blood cell donations on many of their mobile blood drives (at businesses, churches and schools) throughout the region. “You never expect to need blood, but when you do, INBC is there,” says Giles. Whether you are a first time blood donor, haven’t been in a while or are looking to be able to make the most of your blood donation, Inland Northwest Blood Center has locations throughout the area (including locations in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Lewiston), weekly blood drives with hospitals and mobile blood drives.

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So how often do you open a bag of chips or cookies, start popping a few in your

mouth as you watch TV, and pretty soon most of the bag is gone? Or, do you find yourself continually reaching for the appetizers at a gathering while you talk and socialize without even thinking, and before you know it, you’ve eaten the equivalent of a meal? Those are examples of auto-pilot eating, the polar opposite of mindful eating, which if engaged can change the way you eat and view food for the rest of your life, for the better! That’s the goal of those who preach, teach and endorse this relatively new way of eating, which centers on eating with intention and attention. Sound a little new age and out there? Michelle May, M.D., founder of the Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Workshops says it’s not; rather, she asserts, mindful eating complements traditional health models and dietetic standards. “It’s an extension of cognitive behavioral therapy. (A psychotherapy treatment used to help people understand the thoughts and feelings that influence their behaviors.) Mindful eating works toward changing thoughts and behaviors about food and eating that we’ve held for a long, long time. In essence, being mindful helps us recognize habitual, ineffective behaviors that take us down paths we don’t want to go and which lead to results that we don’t like or don’t want.” Local dietitian and certified wellness coach Jane Joseph is a licensed facilitator for the Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Workshops in Spokane. She says it’s really a simple concept. “Think about what you eat, when you eat, why you eat, and ask yourself each time before you eat, am I hungry? It helps you look at your eating patterns, habits and triggers, and once you are aware of them then you can change them. If we aren’t even aware of our eating patterns, we can’t change them.”

Weight loss and smaller pants sizes are not the goal of mindful eating but they can be the result. Mindful eating is not a diet. There is no calorie counting, there are no journal entries. Joseph says “It’s changing the whole paradigm of eating. There are no forbidden foods, but ideally you are hungry or at least not full when you eat. The goal is to have a better relationship with food. So many people are tortured by food; it has an incredible amount of power over them. I find as people learn to have a new relationship with food and eating and become more self-aware, it’s very freeing for them.” That’s exactly what a 39 year old, Spokane mother of two young children discovered. Nicole says she has tried every diet out there and has dieted habitually since she was a teenager. In fact she says she didn’t know how to think like a normal person when it came to food until she took the mindful eating class. Food was always an issue with her and took up a tremendous amount of her energy and time. “It’s a complete brain switch to get rid of all the dieting rules and realize you can eat anything you want.” says Nicole. “Once you start asking yourself consistently on a scale of one to ten, how hungry am I and how much food (energy) do I need for what I will be doing, you don’t need rules, you just need to engage your brain and make good choices that become habits.” Nicole adds, “I never thought I could have moderation with food but I found I can!” If eating anything you want and no forbidden food sounds too good to be true, consider that as you become more aware of when you are hungry and what your body really needs, you naturally desire better foods, foods that fuel and nourish your body. And because there are no foods that you can’t have, food loses its’ hold on you. Joseph’s clients often tell her they can now have chocolate in their house because it no longer taunts them. Then, she says, when we do choose to have a piece of chocolate it’s important to sit down, look at your food, savor it and enjoy the experience. “In fact, with all meals and snacks, we should strive to sit down, eat with attention and without distraction so we can truly enjoy eating!” So how do you get there? Here’s an example of what Joseph teaches in her eight-week classes. She says each class builds on the previous one. Participants explore the Mindful Eating Cycle and three different eating • December - January • 2014


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SCDAL: What are some of the changes in CrossFit over the past seven years? MG: At first, CrossFit started out as an ultra-intense, advanced workout program attracting military personnel, first responders (fireman and police officers) and advanced athletes. It was basically a badder and tougher program that pushed one beyond personal limitations. This was a double-edged sword, because it appealed to only a certain niche of the fitness world, but turned off beginners. Now, CrossFit programming has evolved into a smarter, broader training program. With the rapid growth of CrossFit, more expert trainers of numerous fitness disciplines have joined and CrossFit has truly thrived. The broader scope of expertise has created “Smart Training” practices for all fitness levels to join and have a scalable approach to every workout. True beginners and intermediate fitness levels always have an option and varied version to every workout and exercise. SCDAL: To elaborate, why should beginners join? MG: Beginners should join CrossFit because they will be taken through a gradual approach to foundational movements, terminology and education of everything CrossFit. To enhance this experience our CrossFit coaches, especially the coaches at CrossFit Spokane, positively encourage and take the extra time needed to help participants of all levels. Our coaches love what they do and are excited to be here. Our members feel their energy and thrive off of it for every workout, which is is a great exercise

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ruce and Carol Becker are plucky and courageous. “They bike their way through foreign countries, play family croquet tournaments in the backyard, and host neighborhood pizza-making parties in their kitchen!” says Jim Thompson, owner and principal of Thompson Homes. “They live life to the fullest, so it was only fitting that we design a home to allow them to seize the day, while providing a retreat from the busyness of work and life.” The Beckers have crisscrossed the U.S. and beyond, following Bruce’s career as a leading physiatrist (a medical doctor specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) with a lifelong interest in evidencebased aquatic therapy. Bruce and Carol moved to Spokane with two young-adult children in 1999 from Detroit, by way of Eugene, Seattle, Germany, San Antonio, New Orleans and Madison, Wisconsin, where the couple met in college. Leaving in their wake a handful of award-winning remodels, Bruce and Carol embarked on their first new construction project as they settled into Spokane. “We loved remodels,” says Carol, “but it was time for a new challenge.”

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To guide their maiden voyage as homebuilders, Bruce and Carol hired Jim Thompson. A 30-year veteran of custom home building, Jim grew up on the South Hill and knows a thing or two about fine homes, especially those with a deep-seated sense of history. “Despite the fact that this was going to be a new home, the Beckers wanted it to be as authentic as could be, complete with the Old-World charm of random-width soft pine floors (flown in from New York, no less) punctuated by countersunk t-head nails,” says Jim. “Carol did her research and was able to find the type of wood that would take on character, and more important, respond well to one’s footsteps— which the pine does beautifully.”

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“The smoothness of the beams and natural stone,” says Jim “gives a sense of refinement to the generous use of natural and varied materials typical of a lodge-look.” The knotty pine floor and smooth fir beams reinforce rustic notes throughout the home, but the use of dark wood is not overwrought. “We kept the majority of the house light and bright, to counter the darkness,” says Carol. These characteristics were true to the lodge-style architecture, but also lent itself well to the Becker’s furnishings, primarily composed of family heirlooms and special pieces collected during their travels and from living abroad. Their light fixtures are one example— a sculptural, wrought iron chandelier from Detroit greets visitors

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with the memories,” adds Bruce. “If I had to describe the décor, it would be English country meets Pacific Northwest-lodge,” says Carol. This aesthetic blend denotes the function of the home as well. When Jim initially started working with the family, they had plans for a vacation home in Montana, “however, what we ended up doing was creating a home that could be used day-in and day-out for family activities and entertaining, much like a lived-in country home, while also serving as a retreat,” says Jim. “That’s where the lodge part comes in.” Jim remembered something Bruce had shared with him shortly after completing the home

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Ah, then I’ve done it!” says Jim. The Becker’s home is indeed a sanctuary. Nestled onto a generous property in Hangman Valley, extensive views of the valley and Latah Creek are immediate and satisfying, framed by the mullions strategically arranged in a colonial grid within a large swathe of rectangular and eyebrow windows directly opposite of the foyer. This concept of a “view within a view” comes in part by the theories proposed in 1977 by Christopher Alexander, whose paradigmshifting book, A Pattern Language, continues to influence architecture, construction and urban planning.

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as hypothetical solutions to common problems that arise when encountering the built environment. “His work attempts to identify those spaces where people feel most comfortable,” continues Bruce, “and how that translates into livable surroundings, particularly people’s homes.” The transition from indoors to outdoors, and vice versa, is an important tenet of Alexander’s theories, which he calls the “entrance transition.” “The shift from outside to inside the home should be soft— it’s essentially a movement from public to private space,” says Bruce. To do this, use of shrubbery, a liberal roof overhang, and a porch or deck creates a sense of “indoors”

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of outdoor space. “They are an extraordinarily active family, so accessibility to the outdoors and capturing the view was paramount,” says Jim. Over 1,500 square feet of decking extends from the main floor (complete with an outdoor kitchen), as well as from the walkout to the backyard on the lower level, giving the couple ample opportunity to utilize their natural surroundings. “We practically live outdoors during the summer,” say Bruce and Carol. Another design priority was a large and open kitchen and living space. “Kitchens are now the center of life,” Jim says, “which was not the case in the 1950s and 60s.” Everyone gathers in the least formal space these days, “because that is the most comfortable,” says

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and two benches made of pine, instead of the matching walnut, because “the softness and irregularity of the wood is much more comfortable to sit on,” says Bruce. The tour de force of the kitchen, and possibly the entire home, is the woodburning oven located in its own alcove between the eating area and the wall adjacent to the great room. It weighs one ton, yet it sits quietly and discreetly in the corner. “It’s very unassuming, almost hidden; we have a lot of statement pieces throughout the home, so the aesthetics needed to be low-key,” explains Carol. The majority of the oven is situated on the deck so that only the opening is visible from inside. Due to its size and sheer mass, the oven had to be brought in during framing, which became the talk of the town as neighbors inquisitively peered at the huge, plastic “thing” sitting in the middle of the open structure. “I know for a fact people were thinking, ‘who are those weirdoes moving in next door?!’” Carol says as we all laugh. The neighbors ended up pleasantly surprised as they sipped wine and rolled pizza dough with the Beckers a few months after they completed construction, “because pizza parties are the best way to make friends when you are new to town,” says Carol. “I’ve always wanted a wood-burning pizza oven,” says Bruce. “It was a long-term dream, and now we use it all the time.” The oven cooks everything from pizzas to

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Thanksgiving turkey, and it also heats the kitchen and great room. It is manufactured by a regional company in Bellingham, Washington called “Wood Stone,” also the supplier of pizza ovens for large, national restaurant chains, such as California Pizza Kitchen and Wolfgang Puck. The Becker’s oven is their smallest commercial model called the “Chuckanut” and remarkably, the company’s first residential installation. Wood Stone has since debuted an entire household line of wood-burning ovens, many of which are much smaller than the Becker’s commercial version. Jim undoubtedly had to jump through hoops to get the oven approved by regulators due to its size and capacity for heat, “but honestly, how cool is a pizza oven?” says Jim. “It was certainly worth it.” Next to the oven rests an unusual, antique desk, called a “dough secretary.” “It was found by my mother in Wisconsin, and is purportedly is the only one of its kind left in the United States, aside from another that resides in a museum,” says Carol. In its heyday, the desk stored and sifted flour in its hutch, while the low desktop was ideal for kneading dough. The Beckers use it as a resting place for their pizza dough, and it also serves as a reminder of a comical exchange that Bruce and Carol had with Jim. “He was always so perplexed when I mentioned the ‘dough secretary,’” recounts Carol, “until one day Jim exclaimed, ‘who is this large woman sitting next to the pizza oven you keep referring to?!’ Suffice it to say, we always get a chuckle when we talk about the ‘dough secretary,’” says Carol. The great room is open to the kitchen and features a vaulted ceiling with the smooth, fir beams that decorate the entry. The furnishings and the Persian rugs are composed of deep colors, complementing the beams and pine floors and off-setting the warm, light walls. Smooth river rock surrounds the fireplace, over which a peculiar painting hangs. “It’s called The Streets of Brussels and it’s definitely quirky,” muses Bruce. The painting depicts your typical, lively parade scene, but if you look

closely, there are lobsters walking alongside the crowds and the men marching in the band seem to have lost their pants. “It adds a little bit of humor and character to the house,” says Bruce. Neighboring the foyer is the formal dining room. Almost every element in this room is an antique or a family treasure, from the dining room table, to the art, crystal and china. A distinctive collection of brass rubbings depicting men and women of medieval nobility are framed on the opposite wall and appear worthy of the decorative art wing of a museum. “Brass rubbings are reproductions of monumental brasses made by laying a piece of paper over the brass and rubbing the paper with a drawing medium, usually black wax heelball,” explains Carol. “My mother got very into brass rubbings for a while and she gave us this collection she created from monumental brasses and gravestones in and around Oxford, England. The practice has since been outlawed due to the damage caused to the brass, however.” Large, sliding French doors open up to the front porch and keep the dining room brightly lit, even on a cloudy day. Gazing up over the sliding glass doorway, a quote in gold Copperplate script reads: “Please feel free to lick your plate.” Of course, this is Bruce’s doing. “I’ve always wanted to put that somewhere and Carol finally let me do it!” he says. Bruce’s study is situated on the main level, just beyond the stairwell. Books line the walls and storage abounds, evidence of decades of medical research and work with patients. An array of exotic masks is displayed on the wall above the sofa, transporting the viewer to Africa, Bali, Alaska, Venice and Detroit. Next to the sofa sits Bruce’s trombone, a sculptural, metallic adornment to the room. The master bedroom and two bedrooms downstairs are decorated traditionally, with English country floral, family quilts hung like tapestries, antique vanities and rocking chairs. The master bath features heated floors and maximizes the backyard view with a large corner window over the spa tub. Adjacent to the tub is a decorative beveled • December - January • 2014


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window that was salvaged in New Orleans alongside an antique light fixture, a wedding gift given to Bruce’s mother and father. The lower level is fully self-sufficient, with an expanded bar and kitchen integrated into the living space that opens onto a large patio. Carol’s office is located here, as well as a “game room” with vintage board games covering the wall and a roomy couch for family movie nights. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms can be found down the hall, one with a sauna and a huge shower, “large enough for a team!” Carol says. Beyond the bedrooms, an exercise room has been converted to a playroom for Bruce and Carol’s four grandchildren and opens to the backyard patio as well. A space beneath the foyer is temperature-controlled (naturally!) and has been made into a wine cellar. Bruce and Carol’s home delights around every corner. Unexpected details are light-hearted and integrated seamlessly with heritage-rich furnishings and worldly décor. Their home emanates warmth and joy, a testament to the couple’s hospitality. So, take note: if you happen to be in Hangman Valley— and you happen to be hungry— stop by the Becker’s for a woodfired slice of pie. The Becker’s are sure to welcome you like an old-friend!

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Storage Solutions The Beauty—and Luxury—of an Organized Life by Stephanie Regalado

Anyone who has ever gone from disorganized chaos to the peace of an organized home may very well make the bold proclamation that becoming organized is a life changing event. The Life Organizers team (on the web at, offering newsletters and tips to live an organized life) shares that the benefits of becoming organized run the gamut. From freeing up some space, to living a more relaxed life, they make a good case for ridding the clutter and chaos and pulling your home—and yourself—together. Further benefits include having more time for yourself and your loved ones, as well as the things you love to do. Feeling good about your surroundings tends to open up your world, and you’ll find yourself more inclined to invite people in to your home. Other benefits include a healthier body. Becoming organized frees up time, enabling you to fit in exercise and cook 108 • December - January • 2014

healthy meals for yourself and your family. Studies show that you’ll even breathe easier, as an organized environment tends to be a much cleaner environment. Those that live an organized life fair better professionally and achieve more. When you’re disorganized, there are always barriers that hold you back from reaching your goals. But organized people find ways to eliminate tasks that aren’t necessary and to streamline those that are taking too much time. This leaves plenty of time to work on achieving all of those goals on your list. “It really is a highlight of my job, to stand back and look at how we’ve helped our clients get organized,” says Alex Leskobit, owner of Cabinet Systems, a local custom storage company in business for 17 years. “They are so happy. It really is a matter of making the most of your space and living a clutter-free life.” From farmers to condo owners to

those who own large estates, there is a growing movement to not only become more organized, but to do it with style. “People choose custom storage solutions for the simple reason of organization with style,” says Jason Morgenstern, owner of Morningstar Solutions Inc, doing business as California Closets. Morgenstern shares that some of the current trends in closet systems and storage options include a modern look, with floating shelves and clean lines. Grand entries have been a big hit, as well as previously neglected areas becoming a focal point, such as under the stairs or within an odd shaped alcove. “Organization with style,” says Morgenstern. “It’s amazing how much time you save when you can see everything you own and often times it makes you appreciate what you already have by putting it all on proper display.” Living The Good Life: Using Design To

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Vertical VS Horizontal Vertical partitions break up your eye line and prevent you from seeing the big picture. Design with long, clean horizontal lines. This style eliminates visual clutter and makes your closet seem more spacious. You can stack your clothing in smaller piles to keep them from toppling over and creating eyesores. Leaving space between your stacks will serve to make them easier to peruse and make morning dressing a breeze. It looks infinitely better, too. This kind of organization also makes it easier to replace clothing when you’re finished wearing it. Certain colors feel more elegant to us than others. When we decorate with these colors, our brains register opulence and that’s the feeling you want to convey. Dark colors draw you in with their warmth and richness. Bronze is another finish that evokes a positive emotional response. Our minds immediately associate smooth, bronze finishes with luxury. Accenting with bronze tones in door handles and faces is a simple way to enhance the look of a design. Adding spot lighting such as puck lights to your storage design will make you feel like your clothes are being displayed in a boutique. It’s a simple design choice that makes an exponential difference. With the right details in place, your closet and storage designs can create a feeling of luxury and comfort every day, and set you on the life-changing path to an organized way of living.

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What a

home inspection can do for you! (BPT) While giving a new $900,000 home a thorough going-over, Salt Lake City home inspector Kurt Salomon found a problem under the deck. The builder had cut corners, using the wrong kind of fasteners to secure the deck to the house. Yet, the municipal building official had approved the work. “In some cases, a building inspector is not going to crawl underneath the deck looking at the hardware. A good home inspector will,” says Salomon, past president of the American Society of Home Inspectors. Because it uncovers aspects of the home that are unsafe or not in working condition, an inspection is a must when buying a home, says J.J. Montanaro, a certified financial planner with USAA. “You want surprises that come with homeownership to be happy surprises, not bad ones,” Montanaro says. “A thorough home inspection by a certified professional can help ensure that’s the case.”


Salomon says an inspection of the house you want to buy helps identify not only safety concerns and failing structural elements but faulty mechanical systems and areas that soon may need maintenance. You’ll pay around $300 to $500 for an inspection, which can take two to three hours. The cost can vary

To help get the most from a home inspection, Salomon and Montanaro advice you to follow these steps:

• Do your homework: Many contracts include a homeinspection deadline, so start shopping for an inspector when you qualify for a mortgage. This gives you time to find a qualified, professional inspector. •

based on your geographic region, and the size and age of the home. Requesting other services, such as septic and radon testing, will add to the fee. “An inspection is money and time well-spent,” Montanaro says. “If your inspector finds things that should be repaired, you can use that report as leverage to have them fixed or negotiate a lower price.” • December - January • 2014

Look for the inspection clause: Before you sign a contract, make sure it includes a clause that makes your purchase contingent on the findings of an inspection with the inspector you choose. This can provide a way out of the contract if the inspector finds a major problem the homeowner won’t address. Make sure the clause is included even if the contract specifies an as-is sale, meaning the seller does not agree to make repairs. “If a seller’s not willing to let you inspect the house, that’s a big red flag,” Montanaro says.

• Hire a pro: Shop around. Ask friends, neighbors and real estate agents for recommendations. For

help online, the American Society of Home Inspectors has a database of its certified inspectors. And the Department of Housing and Urban Development offers a list of 10 questions to ask inspectors.

• Ask to see a sample report: Inspectors fill out reports, following checklists for different areas of a house. It should be clear and informative. Reports longer than 25 pages filled with lots of legal print - usually meant to protect the inspector against liabilities - raise a red flag. By the same token, a few pages aren’t enough. •

Accompany the inspector: Take notes and ask about maintenance issues you’ll need to address, such as waterproofing the deck, caulking the siding, changing air filters and other matters.

• Review the report: The inspector will send you a written report detailing his or her findings. Read it closely and ask questions to make sure you understand the condition of all areas of the home. If your inspector finds a leaky roof, a faulty water heater or some other problem, you may have the right to ask the seller to correct it to your satisfaction or to lower the price. If the seller refuses, you may be able to break the contract without penalty. If a seller agrees either to make the repairs or offer to lower the price, take the money and then fix the problems yourself.

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Home Value

What’s your home’s price tag now? (BPT) As the housing market bounces back in many parts of the country, you may be wondering: What’s my home worth now?

There’s actually more than one answer, according to Scott Halliwell, a certified financial planner at USAA. He says your home has three potentially very different price tags based on its:

1. Market Value 2. Replacement Value 3. Property Tax Value “Since different values can be used for different reasons, it’s important to understand when each applies,” Halliwell says, adding that some of these values may move in different directions at the same time.

Market Value

This is the amount homes in your area are bought and sold for. It’s the measure most folks think of when they try to estimate their home’s worth or value. Determined in part by the going rate for similar houses in your city and neighborhood, market value is not based on what you paid for the home

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or how much it cost you to finish out the basement, reroof or remodel the kitchen. Many intangibles factor into this figure. Understanding the market value helps you calculate your total net worth and how much equity you have in your home. To calculate equity, subtract the amount you owe on your home from its market value: That’s about how much profit you could receive from a sale. To strengthen your negotiating position with potential buyers, get an accurate idea of your home’s market value. A real estate agent can tell you the selling prices of similar homes in your area, helping you set reasonable expectations. “If your area is in a buyer’s market, your home’s market value may be lower than you’d like. You might not have as much leverage against a buyer who wants to negotiate, so you need to know where you’re starting,” Halliwell says. Even if you’re planning to stay in your home, market value matters when taking out a home equity line of credit or home equity

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loan. For example, you may be planning a kitchen remodel and need $40,000, or you want to tap your equity to help pay your kids’ college tuition. Depending on your creditworthiness, many lenders will allow you to borrow up to 85 percent of your home’s value, less any mortgage or other equity loan on that property.

Replacement Value If your home is completely destroyed because of, say, a fire or natural disaster, replacement cost is what it would take to remove debris and rebuild the structure from the ground up based on construction costs in your area. “Our philosophy, which is backed by years of experience, is that homes should be insured for 100 percent of the minimum estimated replacement cost,” says Cedric Matterson, a senior staff underwriter with USAA. Unless your insurance covers

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replacement costs, he says, you run the risk of coming up short if the costs to rebuild your home are more than your coverage will pay. As building costs go up, homeowners insurance can shield you from rising building costs. “ I t ’s possible to see the local costs increase, w hi le market values decline,” Halliwell says. “This can lead to a situation where you actually need more dwelling coverage, despite seeing your home’s value drop.” • December - January • 2014


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This is the number taxing authorities use to calculate your property tax bill. A given home may be taxed by more than one jurisdiction - hospital and school districts, for example - and each may apply its own math. Typically, property tax values are meant to approximate the home’s market value, though sometimes there’s a big discrepancy between the two because of outdated assessments or mistakes by assessors. An accurate property tax valuation ensures your tax bill isn’t too low or too high and helps to ensure that your entire tax burden is understood. If the property tax value of your home exceeds the market value, consider contesting the value with your taxing authority. And be aware that certain actions on your part, such as remodeling, could cause a reassessment and result in a larger tax bill.

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Girls will remember Sophia, one of the four main characters, who often discussed the woes of Shady Pines, the retirement home where she lived for a short while. Listening to her recount the tales from Shady Pines, one would think retirement homes were places to be avoided at all costs. In the years since the show has aired, the entire concept of retirement homes has been revolutionized, and is now something to be coveted, rather than feared. The first change is the name. Nowadays, “retirement home” is an archaic term replaced with the more appropriate “retirement communities.” An emphasis on community within the organization opens the opportunity for fellowship and a sense of belonging and identity, similar to the camaraderie found on college campuses. Levels of Service Retirees nowadays expect more than simply a glorified hospital setting; they are looking for more than just a place to be housed. Where retirement homes were once places older residents were shipped off to, to sit out their final years, nowadays retirement communities offer a wide spectrum of care options, all under the umbrella of a larger retirement community. Independent Living – Geared toward the youngest and healthiest of the 55+ age group that is eligible to live at most retirement communities, Independent Living is a housing option for the retiree who does not need any assistance getting around or caring for themselves; however, they enjoy the services that come

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R with living in a community. These vary from community to community, but can include lawn care and home maintenance, shuttle service, security monitoring, meals, housekeeping and 24-hour emergency response services. Ideal for: Younger, healthy retirees who may travel often and want the security and care offered by a retirement community, but still crave independence and are very on-the-go. Assisted Living – “Assisted living facilities offer a housing alternative for older adults who may need help with dressing, bathing, eating and toileting, but do not require the intensive medical and nursing care provided in nursing homes,” according to Though assistance is provided, many assisted living scenarios allow for the resident to still have their own apartment or duplex, and the assistance comes to them. Ideal for: Older adults who could benefit from some assistance with their daily activities, health care management and monitoring, as well as medication reminders. They may be walking that fine line between not entirely independent, but not ready for fulltime care. Skilled Nursing – This level of care offers 24-hour nursing care. Services like medication, wound management, pain management, nursing care and rehabilitation services. Ideal for: A resident who has recently had surgery or an injury, and is not yet ready to return to their regular residence. Usually the nursing team works closely with the resident’s personal physician and family to develop a care regime. Memory Care Services – For residents who have memory loss, whether from Alzheimer’s, or another form of dementia, specialized care is needed. Many retirement communities have a memory care wing with specially skilled caregivers able to cater to the needs of this very special group. Ideal for: Residents who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, who need round the clock care, which is too great for a family to do on their own. “One of the most important things to take into consideration when researching retirement communities is what services are provided for aging in place,” says Jennifer Jordan, director of marketing for Broadway Court Estates. “Does this community meet my needs now and will it 10 years from now? Will this community help me stay connected with my friends, family, and physicians?” Some communities are designed to cater to your needs once you are a resident.

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retirement community as well. “Riverview is one of a very small handful of non-profit retirement communities in Washington to which Fitch gave an investment grade bond rating,” says Soden. “All ownership and management is right on campus, and, as such, all decisions are made locally and, therefore, quickly; we don’t have to call corporate headquarters.”

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Amenities With such serious topics as levels of care and financial impact, it is easy to forget that the reason to move to a retirement community is the amenities they provide and how it can make life better. “Retirement living should be viewed almost as your second childhood, having fun and not a worry in the world!” says Finley. “You have worked hard, paid the price and made sacrifices to get to this stage in your life and now it is all about you.” Finley suggests finding a place that allows you to live and celebrate retirement. “At Rockwood Lane, we offer an entertaining lifestyle with exciting events and creative activities,” he says. “You may have sold your home and you may no longer be driving a car, but we still encourage all residents to live life to the fullest each and every day. And while you’re enjoying yourself, we take care of yard work, snow shoveling and home repairs – your life at Rockwood Lane is maintenance-free!” Without having to handle maintenance, there is more time to enjoy other activities, such as the Full Service Woodshop at Riverview Retirement, which is a furnished wood and craft shop. “Our amazing activities department has three full time employees working through two full calendars: activities and fitness,” says Jordan. “You will not find another retirement community with so many activities, community involvement projects, and events under one roof!” Faith is an important aspect of our spiritual well being, which Riverview Retirement recognizes by providing a full-time pastor on staff and a large chapel. Church services are conducted Sunday, and other meetings throughout the week. Whether it is woodworking, a life enrichment program, or a spiritual connection, these days, retirement living can be so much more than the Shady Pines version.



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Automobile Insurance Are you Sheltered or Out in the Open? by David Vahala


hinking about insurance, the most common thought is, “Am I covered?” From my own experience, the better question is, “How well are you covered?” If you have the right insurance, the right level of coverage, a relationship

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with a professional insurance agent and a company that provides excellent customer service, you probably have been able to minimize any negative feelings after an accident and turn the situation into a positive experience, or at least, find some positives. Through research, knowledge and

an understanding of your insurance options – work done in advance – you can minimize your stress and financial risk. It must be through a well strategized auto insurance policy. Some car insurance advertising focuses on saving money. Rates can definitely be inexpensive if you opt for

basic coverage and have a decent driving record. If you’re looking to lower costs, you may be tempted to buy a minimum plan. Don’t do it – until you understand what level and types of coverage you really need! In the State of Washington (and many other states), that minimum liability coverage is:

•$25,000 for injuries or death per person. •$50,000 total for injuries or death per accident. •$10,000 for property damage. In Idaho, it’s the same except slight higher for property damage: $15,000 I’ve been driving for 39 years, so the

odds are I have had a few accidents and I have. One in particular changed my life and provided a significant learning opportunity that provides much of the expertise for writing this article. Over four years ago, on a freezing Saturday morning in January (remember all the snow the Inland Northwest had during the winter of 2009?), our driveway had snow berms nearly five feet tall on each side from days of shoveling, a tree heavy with snow at the end of the driveway, leading to an icy residential street. Backing out, I heard a loud thump. Thinking I had just torn the mud flap off the rear fender of my car on the berm left by the snow plow the night before, I got out and immediately heard someone moaning. I saw my 85 year old neighbor lying in the middle of the street, severely injured, and what I remember next has never left my memory: Another neighbor comforting her in the street after calling 911, two fire trucks, an ambulance and police cruiser all arriving within minutes. A gut wrenching feeling of shock and helplessness as I watched the scene unfold. How could I have not seen her? I looked behind me before I backed out of the driveway. Why would she be out walking at end of our driveway on compact snow and ice? How could this have happened? After the ambulance left, two gracious firemen told me, This was just an unfortunate accident, she should be okay”. The professional Spokane Police Department officer then handed me a ticket – he had to, he said, because, “It was a vehicle-pedestrian accident and the driver almost always gets a ticket.” Two weeks later, I received the first of several letters from my insurance company. The policy had already paid out the maximum amount of coverage to the victim, there was a possibility the other party might file a lawsuit, and that the policy provides an attorney as long as the accident claim was open. And they also were cancelling my policy. But they still would provide an attorney as part of the coverage. The following week, I received a letter from the attorney representing my neighbor, stating he would like to • December - January • 2014



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get the matter resolved as quickly as possible and to please contact him to discuss a settlement. Here was my first big learning opportunity – I only had the state minimum coverage. That $50,000 total for injuries per accident was spent the first few days on medical bills. Ultimately, this accident would be more like $500,000 in total medical and other potential bills. Without any additional insurance, it was conceivable I might have to forfeit much of my family’s assets and have my (our, including my wife’s) future wages garnished. Besides how terrible I felt about what happened and my concern for my neighbor, I had to find a new insurance provider, immediately. Through a business group I belonged to, I got to know an insurance professional. Having explained my situation, he recommended a much higher coverage plan of $250,000/$500,000/$100,000, with a $500 deductible and an additional $1M umbrella policy. The premiums for both were totally reasonable and the higher coverage not much more than what I had been paying! If only the insurance company had shared this with me – then I remembered my agent had moved to another city years ago; we were a “house account” with no agent. I didn’t really think anything of it as we paid our insurance bill every year. Now, I realized – if only the insurance company had offered me options. Too late! Developing a relationship with a professional who understands your insurance and financial needs was my second learning opportunity. Since the accident, I have worked with Travis Brewer, of Liberty Mutual in Spokane Valley, who shared the following important facts about auto insurance. Bodily Injury coverage is mandatory in most states. It covers other people’s bodily injuries or death for which you are responsible, up to the limits of your policy. With the cost of medical care (could be $10,000 a day or more for a stay in an ICU), it doesn’t take an extreme accident to exceed $100,000 in bodily injury damages. Property Damage covers you if your car damages someone else’s property.

Damage is usually to someone’s car, but it could be any property—such as a bicycle or a house. Comprehensive Insurance covers losses to your vehicle not resulting from a collision, such as theft, flood or fire, and even colliding with a deer. Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage protects you and other passengers in your automobile in an accident with an uninsured driver who is held legally responsible for your injuries, paying the medical and related expenses you and your passengers have incurred. Best practice suggests at least $250,000 per person and $500,000 per occurrence for Bodily Injury Liability for anyone with assets to protect. If you’re a home owner and don’t want to see your future income go to pay medical bills after a car accident, you should carry higher than average Bodily Injury Liability coverage. With so many vehicles valued over $50,000 these days, the recommended Property Damage Liability limit is $100,000. Depending on the company and underwriting rules, increased coverage could literally be just a couple of dollars a month more. Certain factors tend to increase the need to carry higher auto insurance limits. For example, households with inexperienced teen drivers should carry higher limits. Young people ages 15-24 represent only 14% of the U.S. population; however, they account for 30% ($19 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28% ($7 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among females. If your child was driving a car that was underinsured and was in an accident, parents could be held responsible for any damages and could face significant debt. Your family could end up paying for one accident for the rest of your life! Anyone with assets (homes, vehicles, savings, retirement plans) to protect should carry higher limits as well. For people with more than $500,000 of assets or people who want to protect their future earnings from being depleted following a serious accident, an Umbrella Liability Policy

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is recommend. The Umbrella Policy offers anywhere between $1 and $10 Million in additional liability coverage. John Higdon, an insurance broker with HSHC Insurance Inc. in St. Louis, MO., provides these facts: Moderate-to-severe auto accidents can easily reach costs of $100,000 or more, depending on the number of vehicles involved, number of people injured and the severity of those injuries. This far surpasses policies with limits of 25/50/10. If you are at fault, whatever the insurance doesn’t pay out is the amount you owe and the injured party can pursue damages against you until the debt is paid. As the at-fault party, you may have to pay to defend yourself and be forced to liquidate your assets, including your home, cars and some bank accounts to satisfy the debt. In addition, your wages can be garnished. If you have a minimum policy and decide that you need more coverage, you probably won’t have to pay a lot more than you’re already paying. “I’ve seen clients double their coverage for

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less than $10 per month more in some cases. The difference for many drivers – especially if they are experienced and have good driving records – is very reasonable.” “Carrying higher limits is a sign that the customer is a responsible individual, and possibly a more cautious driver,” Higdon says. There are a few situations when buying more than the state minimum coverage does not make sense. “If you have absolutely no assets, are living paycheck to paycheck and need your car to drive to work, buying minimum coverage could allow you to drive with insurance. But it doesn’t allow for much protection for you. You would still be held liable in an accident that’s your fault.” If you do opt for minimum insurance, don’t become complacent. Review your car insurance needs each year because your financial situation will likely change. Back to my experience. During the three years (statute of limitations) that my claim was open, I met with several

attorneys at my own expense, studied homestead laws, State and Federal insurance laws, bankruptcy options, property lien and forfeiture of assets laws and pay garnishment rules. For me, it was the fear of the unknown that caused stress in those early months. With all that research, I found there are many laws that actually protect both parties of a motor vehicle accident. I had no idea. I do now! Early on, I gave the stress of that unknown to my higher power. Unless a friend asked me about how that situation was going, I tended to not think about it. A week before we reached the three year anniversary, I received a letter that the claim was closed. Closure at last. My neighbor is a tough and wonderful woman. She recovered and to this day, continues to get around, with a little help from her sons and daughters. After all, she’s almost 90. We are still neighbors, and friends. It was an accident. Happy Motoring! • December - January • 2014


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ring the family to see The Coeur d’Alene Resort Holiday Light Show, a wonderland of over 1.5 million lights and the largest on-the-water holiday light display in America. In addition to the aforementioned 1.5 million lights, the show features 255 displays, including a brand new fire-breathing dragon, and five miles of electrical cable. About 15 people work for two months each fall to set up the displays, for a total of about 8,000 man-hours. The signature “Journey to the North Pole” Lake Cruise visits Santa’s twinkling North Pole Toy Workshop, where he magically speaks to each child by name. One of the world’s tallest Christmas trees is found there, too, towering and twinkling in the evening sky. Brightly lit cruise boats depart every evening to view the magic of the holiday lights on a festive 40-minute boat ride across the sparkling waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. “Journey to the North Pole” cruises take place November 29, 2013 – January 1, 2014, departing nightly at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Visit for ticket prices. • December - January • 2014


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Seeing with her Soul Artist Katrina Brennan shares her dreams

by Jennifer LaRue

Katrina Brennan has vivid dreams and being an artist enables her to share her dreams with others. Since her youth, she has dreamt of and invented alternative realities, leaving her curious and compelled to ask questions about humanity, the world, the universe, other dimensions, spirituality, other cultures, ancient history and even secret societies. “My journey as an artist has morphed and changed continuously in the past 20 years,” she says. “It’s difficult for me to stick with one style of painting for long because I’m never completely content in one place; I’m always searching.”’ Brennan grew up in Spokane Valley. At Central Valley High School, she spent much of her time lifting weights and making art. She attended Spokane Falls Community College and then Eastern Washington University where she received a bachelor of arts in education with a focus in English and a minor in art. She substituted as an art teacher for about a year, had a child and became a stay-at-home mom. “After Connor

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was born, I spent about five years focused on painting, teaching myself realism,” she said. Wandering around her home in the Green Bluff area, her ability to paint just about anything becomes evident; there are elaborate underwater scenes, portraits, whimsical bison, flowing figures in bright colors, and faux painting directly on the walls in many rooms, including a space scene in Connor’s room. Stepping into her art studio is like wandering into her dreams; beings, including a dog with green spots, a blue man and ethereal figures, frolic here in bright hues and clay. Her clay pieces start off as lumps, are formed and then given a name. They are Nomads, fertility goddesses, painted spirits and totems that emerge from the earthy medium almost instinctually. Currently, she is working on the representation of a raven. Tall and gracefully cocooned in some sort of foliage, the raven exudes kindness and wisdom. “Ravens are messengers,” Brennan says. The images, figures and essences in her paintings also

emerge almost instinctually, pouring from Brennan’s brush like the sound from a musical instrument. Though she is skilled at realism, her recent works reflect a range of styles including contemporary, representational, abstract, surreal and curious like dreams often are and contain a blue man and his friends playing games and music or simply moving and flowing as one. “The world as I see it with human eyes gets old,” she says, “so things become more interesting when I choose to see things with my soul.” Her resume includes working with children through the Behavioral Education Skills Training Program and at Sacred Heart Hospital, and art exhibits at the now defunct Gallery of THUM, at area art festivals, the Liberty Building and Nodland Cellars. Next year, she will be featured at Barrister Winery. Currently, she is a consignment artist at Manic Moon and More and has work at the Bozzi Collection. Recently, Brennan returned to substitute teaching and mentors other teachers on how to incorporate art into regular studies. When teaching children art, she tells them to create for themselves, not anyone else, a lesson it took years for her to learn. “The moment a person learns to create art for themselves, he or she becomes truly authentic,” she says, adding that searching for approval is no way to find your true self. “For many years I’d depend upon other people to confirm my value as an artist instead of painting to process and express my passions and curiosities. I felt sort of lost then but I have since found my true voice.” Morphing and changing, Brennan is striving to find her own path, constantly moving forward even if she has not a clue where she may end up. “That is what I intend to do until I reach my point of destination.” Which may or may not be an alternative reality. To see more of Katrina Brennan’s artwork, visit Jennifer LaRue profiles a different local artist in each issue of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living.

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bookreviews Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps

by Kate Derrick

‘Post’ Mark: Santa’s Misfit Postman by Mark Perry

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If Kelly Williams Brown wants you to know one thing about growing up, it’s that “Adult isn’t a noun, it’s a verb.” Hence the title of her new book, Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps. So what is “adulting” you ask? According the Brown, “adult isn’t something you are, it’s something you do,” and while being an adult all the time can be exhausting, “adulting” can be practiced and eventually perfected. Kelly Williams Brown has provided a comprehensive, step-by-step guidebook for those who may feel just on the cusp of adulthood. Full of tips and tricks to use in daily life, whether you are feeling overwhelmed with the maintenance of your apartment, unsure of how to politely cancel plans, or even looking for grocery shopping tips, this book is a great resource. Some of the most helpful chapters within this book revolve around the more uncomfortable lessons to be learned in adulthood. For example, how to “write a decent condolence note,” or how to decide whether or not it is appropriate to drink at a work function. The author is trying to spare some of her readers from the embarrassing life lessons that come with adulthood. Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps is a very useful book for those who have just left their parent’s house, as well as for those who have been independent for quite some time. Kelly Williams Brown provides some great “life hacks,” or useful tips and tricks, with a humorous spin on just about everything, reminding her readers that it’s okay not to feel like a full adult all of the time. Published by Grand Central, paperback, $15.00 Kelly Williams Brown is an award-winning features reporter. She is originally from Louisiana, now lives in Oregon, and is sometimes, but not always, an adult. • December - January • 2014

Mark Perry’s first children’s book, ‘Post’ Mark: Santa’s Misfit Postman, follows a boy named Mark who is often misunderstood by his peers. While most of his classmates like to play hide-and-seek and other rowdy games, Mark is more interested in writing stories and daydreaming about the far-away places he wants to someday visit. Sadly, this doesn’t make Mark particularly popular with his peers. They often make fun of his worldly aspirations, saying cruel things such as, “you will never go anywhere or see anything!” As Mark gets older and goes off to college, he begins to travel around the world, following his dreams of eventually visiting all seven continents. He visits China, New York City, London, Australia and even the South Pole. Eventually, Mark ends up at the North Pole, where he meets the one and only Santa Claus. Strangely, Mark seems to have caught Santa on an off-day. The normally jolly Mr. Claus is unusually stressed about the extensive number of letters he is receiving from children. Although Santa enjoys these letters, he is overwhelmed with the prospect of delivering his response letters back to kids all around the world. Santa’s elves are all too busy working the toy production to help deliver the answered letters back to the children. Luckily for Santa, Mark is a seasoned traveler by this time, and is able to offer his assistance with the delivering of mail. In Santa’s eyes, Mark is not a misfit, but a perfect match for this job opportunity. ‘Post’ Mark: Santa’s Misfit Postman is a cute children’s story about the importance of following your dreams. It would be perfect as a holiday gift for a kid in your life, though adults can enjoy this one too, with the clever puns scattered through the book, as well as the beautiful and eye-catching illustrations by Lia Marcoux. Published by Delor Francis Press, hardcover, $15.95 Mark Perry is a former journalist. He works from his hometown of North Attleboro, Massachusetts. This is his debut children’s book.

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by Rich Landers & Craig Romano For those who live in the Inland Northwest, outdoor recreation is often more than just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. With mountains and forests just a short drive away, there is never a shortage of outdoor fun in the area. Hiking is one of those activities that just about anyone can do, and with a huge variety of local trails available, there are endless new places for hikers to explore. Rich Landers and Craig Romano’s newest guide to Northwest trails, Day Hiking: Eastern Washington, gives thorough descriptions of many of the area’s favorite trails and hiking locations. Split into seven different geographical sections, this book explores some of the best trails in areas such as the Columbia Highlands, Spokane, the Selkirk Mountains and the Columbia Plateau. Each location is described with the length of the trail, its difficulty, and the best season to visit. The authors also give directions to each location, followed by a brief description of each trek. Also included are fun descriptions of favorite local spots, such as the South Hill Bluff, Bowl and Pitcher, and the Fish Lake Trail. Day Hiking: Eastern Washington is a musthave for anyone who enjoys local hiking, and especially for those who are looking to discover new trails. Unfortunately for those individuals who stick to hiking in the warmer months, our weather seems to be staying on the chilly side for a while. Make sure to pick up this book soon, and start dreaming of the hikes you will enjoy next spring. Published by The Mountaineers Books, paperback, $18.95 Rich Landers is a native Montanan and has been the Outdoors editor for the Spokesman-Review since 1977. He is a contributing writer for Field and Stream magazine and the author of 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest and Paddling Washington. Craig Romano grew up in rural New Hampshire. He is a columnist for Northwest Runner and Outdoors Northwest and the author of nine books. He lives in Skagit County with his wife.

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December 6, January 3: First Friday Enjoy visual arts, musical presentations, sample local foods, get acquainted with local performing artists and more at this monthly event sponsored by the Downtown Spokane Partnership. On the first Friday of each month, participating galleries, museums, boutiques and more host a city-wide open house with refreshments and entertainment. Join us! First Friday is FREE and open to the public! Downtown Spokane. For more information or a complete map of participating venues, please log on to http://www.

December 13, January 10: Coeur d’Alene Art Walk Stroll through beautiful downtown Coeur d’Alene and enjoy local and nationally acclaimed artists. Visit supporting galleries, shops, restaurants and businesses with your friends and family. Art Walk will continue on the second Friday of each month. Downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. For more information, please visit

through January 12, 2014: SPOMA: Spokane Modern Architecture 1948-1973 The 25-year period between 1948 and 1973 saw an unrivaled burst of architectural creativity in Spokane—greater than that of anywhere else in the Pacific Northwest. When a small group of Modern architects began practicing in Spokane in the late 1940s, they changed more than the city’s skyline. They ushered in a period of creativity the likes of which this region had never before seen. Spokane’s mid-century “form-givers”—Ken Brooks, Moritz Kundig, Royal McClure, Bill Trogdon, and Bruce Walker—challenged deeply held notions of design, receiving national recognition for their efforts. Yet few today know that, from 1948 to 1973, their creative output rivaled that of anyone’s in

the Pacific Northwest—including Portland and Seattle. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201. Call (509) 456-3931 or e-mail themac@ for more information.

Currently Open: Inland Northwest Narrative: Crossroads and Confluence Through generations, the falls of the Spokane River that cascade through Spokane’s city center have been a human intersection for the geographic region known as the Inland Northwest. At the MAC, located along the banks of the Spokane River, the Eastern Washington State Historical Society collects materials from around the region that intersect to create a web of specialized information about the Inland Northwest. Of use to students and scholars, as well as all age groups, this exhibit offers themed entry points to Inland Northwest past and present and provides an authoritative and authentic visual narrative of regional experience from 1810 to the present. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201. Call (509) 456-3931 or e-mail themac@ for more information.


through January 1: Fantasy Cruise to the North Pole Departures are scheduled several times each evening beginning November 30th and continuing through January 1st. This 40-minute cruise offers spectacular views of the holiday light displays. The most memorable point in the jour-

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ney lies across the lake, as Santa awaits your arrival at the North Pole Toy Workshop! Nightly cruise departure times: 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 pm with additional departure times on select dates based on demand. Coeur d’Alene Resort.115 S 2nd St, Coeur D Alene, ID 83814. 800-6885253.

through January 1: Eagle Watching Lake Cruises Enjoy a two hour cruise around the north end of Lake Coeur d’Alene while observing eagles. Bring your binoculars and dress warm. The cruises depart at 1 and 3pm daily. Coeur d’Alene Resort.115 S 2nd St, Coeur D Alene, ID 83814. 800-6885253.

December 3-15: Christmas Tree Elegance Twelve beautifully decorated trees will be displayed around the Mezzanine of the historic Davenport Hotel and at River Park Square. Each tree will be raffled and each winner will receive the decorated tree as well as the thousands of dollars worth of gifts under the tree. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be on the evening of Tuesday, December 3. Davenport Hotel. 10 S Post St. Spokane, WA 99201. For more information, please contact the Spokane Symphony at 509-624-1200 or log on to http://

December 5-7: Popovich Comedy Pet Theater Ring leader Gregory Popovich presides over an extravaganza of juggling, circus comedy and pet skits using an army of performers that he has recruited from animal shelters and trained to perform amazing tricks. All 15 cats and 10 dogs were once strays until they were discovered at pet shelters around the country by Popovich and trained by positive reinforcement into star performers that have performed on both the David Letterman and Tonight Shows,

and spent five years at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Gregory Popovich, winner of many international circus competitions, has been on a world tour of more than 20 countries with his furry friends! SPOKANIMAL is partnering with Friends of the Bing to present this unique small-scale circus entertainment which allows children to be wowed and adults to recall childhood dreams. There will be an “Adopt a Pet” event before and after each performance in the lobby of the Bing. The Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W. Sprague Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://

December 8: WWE Live

WWE is returning to the Spokane Arena with a full night of action! Here is your chance to see your favorite WWE Superstars LIVE including: CM Punk, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, The Shield, Ryback, The Miz, Kofi Kingston, The Wyatt Family, The WWE Divas and many more! Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www.

December 31: First Night Spokane The must-attend event in Spokane happens on the first night of the year. First Night Spokane touts itself as the biggest New Year’s party you’ve ever seen, with one of the best fireworks shows of the year and more entertainment than you could hope for in a week, all packed into one celebratory night. Everything from icesculpting to snowboarding, from

November 7-10: Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After

classical music to rock, from the visual arts to performance art -- all will be available for your enjoyment! There’s something for everyone at First Night Spokane! Ring in 2014 with style in downtown. Buttons go on sale in November and are available through a variety of local businesses and Downtown Spokane. For more information, log on to or email info@

January 12: Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story in Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival. Disney hits are remixed to the hottest sounds of today featuring hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country and much more! The irresistible lineup of performers, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy; Ariel, Sebastian and Ursula; Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie; and Woody, Buzz and Jessie; are among the more than 25 Disney stars featured in this jam session fit for the entire family! You can’t resist dancing, singing, playing your air-guitar and laughing with this band of characters! Come join them at Disney Live!

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January 23-26: RV Show And Sale This event is the region’s largest RV show and sale. Local dealers will be offering excellent financing options on new motor homes, mini motor homes, travel trailers, tent trailers, fifth wheels, toy haulers, campers and more! Don’t miss special show prices, huge trade-in values, and fantastic deals on RVs and accessories.

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December 8: Chris Isaak A Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Chris Isaak’s iconic vocal style has garnered enormous acclaim and his songs have been featured on numerous films and television shows. His Rockabilly vibe shines through on hits such as “Wicked Game,” “Go Walking Down There,” and “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing.”  Isaak’s most recent release features recordings of the songs that inspired him

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from the Sun Records heydays of Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA 99001. For tickets, please log on to

December 9: Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show This is a once-in-a-lifetime show! The Oak Ridge Boys kick off this huge show with a celebration of 40 years of making award winning music together. The hits are endless, but they will be packed in! Including “Elvira” and “Bobbie Sue” along with your other favorites! Then, after a short intermission, the stage is transformed and it’s Christmas! The trees are decorated, the snow is falling and the Oak Ridge Boys treat you to Christmas favorites as only they can. From rollicking Santa songs to heartfelt standards, this show is a family favorite! INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325SEAT or visit

December 11: Tedeschi Trucks Band

As husband-wife couples go in the world of music, it is a challenge to find a duo as well-fitted and naturally prolific as that of singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks. They are both heavily steeped in the blues tradition, yet open to far-ranging influences including rock, gospel, jazz and World music. Each has produced recordings that share a sensibility best described as a swampy mix of rootsy, rockin’ American music. The two have guested on each other’s albums, toured together intermittently, and have each received individual Grammy nominations in the category of “Best Contemporary Blues Album”. Fox Theatre. 1001 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://

December 21-22: Spokane Symphony Superpops: Holiday Pops Celebration Colorful lights, glittering décor, surprises in festive wrapping and celebrations with friends and family—Holiday memories set to some of the most joyous music com-

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posed. Morihiko Nakahara and the Spokane Symphony will be joined by the Spokane Symphony Chorale and the Spokane Area Youth Choirs to set the mood with a banquet of festive music that sparkles and soars. This magical, musical world includes a selection of traditional holiday favorites and a few surprises.

you – Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony melts his interpretations of heavy hitters such as Mozart and Haydn, with a stylish neoclassical façade bound to captivate.

Fox Theatre. 1001 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://

January 19: Spokane Youth Symphony: “Water” The Spokane Youth Symphony’s second concert “Water,” continues our journey through the Pastoral Symphony with the second movement; Scene at the Brook, as well as Dr. Charles Johnson’s arrangement of Edward MacDowell’s “Sea Pieces” Op. 55 (originally for piano). This arrangement, originally created for the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, has been re-edited by Dr. Johnson specifically for the Spokane Youth Symphony. We are excited to share this wonderful collection with you!

December 22: LeAnn Rimes Only 13 years old, LeAnn Rimes caught the attention of country fans across America with her debut single “Blue.” Her rich, powerful vocals drew comparisons to Patsy Cline and Tanya Tucker. Nominated for the Country Music Association Horizon award and the CMA Best Country Singer, she is the youngest singer in the history of the CMA awards to receive a nomination. So far in her career, Rimes earned two Grammys, three ACMs, a CMA, 12 Billboard Music Awards, and one American Music award. Her hits include “How Do I Live,” “Big Deal,” “I Need You” and “Something’s Gotta Give” to name a few and released a new album – “Spitfire” – this year. See this renowned vocal powerhouse at Northern Quest Resort & Casino! Northern Quest Casino, 100 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA 99001. For tickets, please log on to

December 31: Spokane Symphony New Year’s Eve With Beethoven’s Ninth Back by popular demand, the Spokane Symphony and Chorale will join people around the world celebrating New Year’s Eve with a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The performance of Beethoven’s famous symphony, whose themes of freedom and brotherhood have inspired millions of people all over the world, is now a holiday tradition in Spokane. Eckart Preu brought the tradition from his native Germany and has sold out every year. Fox Theatre. 1001 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://

January 17: Symphony With a Splash: A Mid-Winter’s Friday Philip Glass graced the stage of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox in 2010. Hear Movement II of Glass’s rousing Symphony No. 3 and Michael Torke’s Adjustable Wrench at our second Symphony with a Splash concert. The score for Dan Visconti’s Glitchscape will have seen a Carnegie Hall premiere and showcased in a forum for emerging composers when this powerful and exhilarating piece is presented for mass consumption to the Splash crowd. Don’t let a familiar name fool

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January 25-26: Spokane Symphony Classics: Music of the Americas Yes, classical music originated in Europe, but it has exploded because of the New World. Those two popular American works: El Salon Mexico and West Side Story could not have existed without that true melting pot from the South, the combination of Caribbean, Indian and Spanish influences. Let your toes, and your heart, dance with this infectiously rhythmic music. For a rare treat, Ross Holcombe, our own Principal Trombonist, plays Mackey’s Harvest: Trombone Concerto. Fox Theatre. 1001 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://


through December 14: Our Town A ground-breaking new production of America’s greatest classic! Welcome to Grover’s Corners, a small town where the tiniest details of living transform into the Meaning of Life. Join us as Interplayers premieres this exciting new production, designed in conjunction with Thornton Wilder’s estate, bringing this joyous and moving story to life for 21st Century audiences. Interplayers Theatre. 174 S. Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201. For showtimes and more information, call 455-PLAY (7529). For tickets, call 1-800-325SEAT or visit

December 12-15: Million Dollar Quartet Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony® awardwinning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed record-

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ing session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ’n’ Roll” at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and many more. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325SEAT or visit

through December 21: A Christmas Cabaret Presented by Ellen Travolta, staring Mark Cotter with special guest, Jack Bannon. Don’t miss this season’s new Christmas show at The Coeur d’Alene Resort. “This will be a wonderful evening for people who enjoy music, laughter and stories.” - Ellen Travolta Coeur d’Alene Resort.115 S 2nd St, Coeur D Alene, ID 83814. For more showtimes and to purchase tickets, contact the Coeur d’Alene Resort Business Center at 208-765-4000, ext. 21.

through December 22: A Christmas Schooner This new holiday musical follows the Christmas tree’s perilous journey into America’s homes and traditions. Notable musical numbers include: “We All Have Songs,” “Pass It On” and “Hardwater Sailors.” Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201. For showtimes and more information, call (509) 325-2507. For tickets, call 1-800-325SEAT or visit

December 5-8: Spokane Symphony: The Nutcracker Ballet The Nutcracker is the classic tale of adventure, fantasy, romance, and the triumph of good over evil. For more than 175 years, E.T.A Hoffman’s story of Clara and her Nutcracker prince has delighted children of all ages. Performed in the opulent setting of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra and nationally recognized State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, California, this production of the Nutcracker’s story enchants as never before. This performance of The Nutcracker is unique in that the exquisite music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky is performed live by the Spokane Symphony. The tapestry of sound generated by a live orchestra intensifies the

audience’s experience of this classic dance the way 3-D technology transformed the movie experience. Don’t miss Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece as it was meant to be. Fox Theatre. 1001 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://

December 6-22: Christmas Belles From the writer of Dearly Departed, a church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control when squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator all contribute to a haphazard holiday knee slapper. Lake City Playhouse. 1320 E. Garden Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. (208) 667-1323.

January 10-February 1: Little Women Based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel, we follow the adventures of the March family as they grow up in Civil War America. This beloved story is timeless and deals with topics as relevant today as when they were written. A powerful score soars with sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope. Lake City Playhouse. 1320 E. Garden Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. (208) 667-1323.

January 17-February 9: Crazy for You A romantic musical comedy that will delight you with some of the best Broadway songs ever written and best choreographed dances ever performed! Winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical. Featuring Gershwin hits: “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I Got Rhythm” and “Embraceable You.” This production will be performed on the Main Stage. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201. For showtimes and more information, call (509) 325-2507. For tickets, call 1-800-325SEAT or visit

January 23-February 8: Good People Margie Walsh is facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, She thinks an old fling might be her ticket to a fresh new start and is willing risk what little she has left to find out. But is this self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? This Tony nominated hit is a smart, funny and suspenseful story about people who succeed and those who help them do it. Interplayers Theatre. 174 S. Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201. For showtimes and more information, call 455-PLAY (7529). For tickets, call 1-800-325SEAT or visit

January 31-February 23: The Tempest On a remote island, Prospero, Duke of Milan conjures up the storm of all storms. He is determined to restore his daughter, Miranda,

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s you sink into one of the delicate chairs, placing an ornate china teacup in front of you at Taste and See Tea Room, don’t be surprised if you let out an involuntary deep sigh. Thada Ziegler, Taste and See’s owner, credits this response to the atmosphere of relaxation and tranquility she and her staff cultivate within their walls. From the soft music to the gracious and attentive staff, the stage is set for an afternoon of luxurious leisure, perfect for pausing during the fervor of the holiday season, catching up or celebrating with a friend, or rejuvenating in the new year. • December - January • 2014


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Although Taste and See is located in a strip mall (they outgrew their South Hill location in 2011, moving to the North Side in May of the same year), you wouldn’t know it from the interior. Airy curtains and carefully curated furniture make the experience seamless and rich. Walk-ins can choose from a selection of house-made goodies and lunch items, including soups, salads, quiche, baked goods, and, of course, tea, either hot or iced. For those wanting a little more immersion, try the afternoon tea experience ($24.00 per person, plus tax) which includes two hours of unlimited tea (with 30 kinds to try, you’re bound to find a new favorite) and four courses of deceptively light refreshments including soup of the day (the tomato basil is decadent); freshly baked scones, often in a seasonal flavor, Devonshire cream and lemon curd; an assortment of sandwiches, including one served hot, and three desserts. By itself, this oasis of calm and harmony is wonderful, but Taste and See is made even better when a peek behind the curtain reveals Thada’s way of blending her passion for tea together with her heart for women in difficult situations throughout the Spokane community. Thada has been involved with Anna Ogden Hall, the women’s branch of Spokane’s Union Gospel Mission, for over a decade. She wanted to find a way to make a difference to the organization beyond her work as a volunteer. She and her husband started hosting tea parties in their home, moving their bedroom into the walk in closet and setting up for guests in the master suite, using fine china gathered from many estate sales, and inviting friends and acquaintances. All profits went to Anna Ogden Hall. Over the course of two years, Thada was able to donate $10,000 to the organization. Still, she wanted to do more. Gradually, as word spread about Thada’s tea parties, her home became a less viable option for the demand she was facing. She began to think about finding another venue, and about how the women from Anna Ogden Hall could be a part of that. She realized that most of the women transitioning out of Anna Ogden Hall’s program had little to no job skills or experience. Many of them were breaking

free from addictions, domestic violence and prison terms, so there was a very real question of what they would do next. Thada began to envision a one-on-one life-skills program using mentoring in concert with practical work applications. The program now starts with an unpaid 240 hour business practicum to ensure a good fit for both parties, then, moves on to a year-long, paid internship. So far, Taste and See has welcomed eight women into this program, and helped to develop it for other businesses who also partner with Anna Ogden Hall, giving women a choice as they discover new interests and rebuild their lives, often from scratch. Because of the intensive nature of the program, Taste and See has only one intern at a time. Thada, joined by her two parttime staff members, provides a safe, caring environment for on the job learning and personal growth. An intern may work in the kitchen, helping to prepare the delicacies served at afternoon tea, or serve in the dining room as she becomes more secure in her skills. Thada tells the story of Kimmi, one of her interns. Her story begins sadly, with meth addiction, prison and two children who had been taken away from her. As a result of the drug, Kimmi was toothless and very selfconscious. She was surprised when Thada hired her, thinking that her appearance would be an obstacle. Thada’s smile is wide as she remembers Kimmi’s words: “You hired me even though you knew what I looked like. You still gave me a chance.” Kimmi blossomed in the program, buoyed by her second chance. In spite of her lack of teeth, she wanted to serve in the dining room and Thada allowed her to spread her wings. “She was wonderful with the customers,” says Thada. One day, she walked in for work, smiling widely to show off her new dentures, provided by Anna Ogden Hall. Although her new smile was bright, nothing could replace the knowledge that she was accepted and valued without it. Kimmi’s dream is to start her own version of Taste and See in the future, passing on the same care and dignity she experienced, to others in the same situation. She is currently pursuing her dreams of giving back by working at Anna Ogden Hall. Ask Thada her favorite part about working with her interns and she’ll tell you that nothing beats seeing them regain (or

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acquire for the first time) their self-esteem and confidence. “Plus, they’re a kick in the pants,” she says, smiling. It’s easy to see why women like Kimmi grow to trust Thada: it’s clear that she cares about them as people, and not as statistics. What better place to gain dignity and respect than a tearoom, steeped in elegance and grace? Thada never forgets that the purpose of the program is to launch these women into the real world, however, and she is clear about her approach: “I’m totally into grace, not into enabling.” Not every woman completes the business practicum. Most interns don’t finish the full year, even if they are a good fit. Often, this is good news, in the form of a new job, or relocation. “Tea is a lost art,” says Thada, as she pours some more green tea into a handpainted teacup. “We live in a frantic world. Sometimes I’ll come out of the kitchen and find two people having tea together, both doing something on their phones.” But that doesn’t last long once the experience

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Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar in Spokane Valley

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Tucked into the west end of the Argonne Village Shopping center, Ambrosia Bistro and Wine bar is an unexpected oasis of good food, drinks and service. Though its location is considered “in the Valley,” it’s an easy drive from downtown Spokane and has free, convenient parking.  Contemporary in style with dark wood accents, Ambrosia’s atmosphere is warm, friendly and inviting. They offer a good range of seating options: bar seating, tables that can be put together to accommodate larger groups, and comfortable intimate booths. Fresh flowers adorn the tables and in the evening the overall feel is cozy and bustling.   Ambrosia is the creation of husband and wife team, Scott and Kara Cook, who opened their doors in 2006. Scott has been in the restaurant business since age 14 and both he and Kara have worked at numerous food establishments in varying capacities for many years before finally venturing out on their own. “When we first decided to open in the Valley, we had a lot of people tell us that we couldn’t make it here, that there were too many chains, and that the Valley people would not support us,” says Scott. “We have actually found it to be just the opposite. Our guests are extremely loyal and they want to see good restaurants succeed. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have the support both financially and emotionally of so many people who have become our friends over the years.” Scott and Kara have enlisted their whole family at Ambrosia. “It is truly a family run restaurant. Besides Kara and I, all three of our sons work here. Kara and I run the floor, our sons all work in the kitchen, and our son Tanner also hosts and serves. One of us is always here, six days a week, from open until dinner starts to die down. We take Sundays off together,” says Scott. Since its inception, Ambrosia Bistro and Wine bar has won the coveted Wine Spectator Award of Merit three times. They have 80 wines by the bottle and

20 wines by the glass and offer food and wine pairings. “My favorite part of the job, is walking through the dining room and seeing people sharing food, or trying a wine suggestion with their meal and seeing their eyes light up because they ‘get it’,” says Scott. Having never been there before, I really wasn’t quite sure what to expect. When my husband and I decided to try it for a spontaneous “date-night,” we arrived without a reservation, during prime seating time to a bustling restaurant. Bustling is always a good sign. We were warmly greeted and seated within minutes. Our server was friendly, efficient and professional. We ordered drinks, which arrived in a timely manner. Everything was off to a great start. My husband ordered a cocktail called the “Scooby Snack” ($8) which sounded a little silly, and with a name like that, I thought to myself, it had better be seriously good. And it was just that: seriously good. A tropical martini of sorts, with coconut rum, melon liqueur, pineapple juice and a touch of cream, shaken and deliciously frothy. My drink, a Pear Champagne Cocktail ($7.50), which sounded seasonal and “fall-ish,” might have benefited from pear juice instead of pear flavored vodka. It was good, but the Scooby Snack was seriously good. So, as I sat there, coveting my husband’s tropical island paradise, I mentally started preparing myself for the drink to be the highlight. Then, everything changed: our appetizer arrived. Fried Polenta with a Romesco Sauce ($10) served in a bowl with shiitake mushrooms was the appetizer we had chosen, and it was comforting, flavorful and hearty. The polenta, soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside, had great texture and the mushrooms gave the dish nice depth. My husband loved it, but it would take more than this to win me over. The Beet and Pear Salad ($7) arrived with red and yellow beets, fall pears, tomatoes, candied walnuts and mixed greens tossed with a white-bal-

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samic vinaigrette. Although I enjoyed the salad, I would have preferred it without the tomatoes. They just didn’t seem to pair well with the rest of the ingredients, and took away from the “seasonality” of the dish. In retrospect, this is a small, petty issue in the grand scheme of things. Dinner came and my doubts were completely shifted. I ordered the Grilled Sockeye Salmon ($24) with Palouse black caviar lentils, roasted red and yellow peppers and a Sherry Mushroom Buerre Blanc. Two bites in it, I was blown away. The salmon was seasoned perfectly, the tiny black lentils were cooked al-dente, and the Sherry Mushroom Beurre Blanc sauce brought it all together, deliciously. I am always a fan of the chef who can take humble ingredients, in this case Palouse lentils, and make them shine. I forgot about all my drink.  My husband ordered the Prawns and Black Truffle Sacchetti ($21), a purse-shaped pasta

filled with creamy mascarpone cheese and truffle, sautéed with mushrooms, prawns, and garlic in a luxurious Parmesan cream sauce. It was gone in 60 seconds. He would have probably liked to lick the plate and I was only able to steal one bite. It was over the over-the-top decadent and flavorful. I could not detect the truffle, but honestly, it really didn’t need it.  That being said, if I had ordered this for my entree, it would have been a bit rich for me. One bite was just perfect.  For dessert, we ordered Ambrosia’s version of the Flourless Chocolate Torte ($8) with caramel sauce and a crunchy nut brittle. It melted in your mouth. Perfect texture, perfect sweetness. My first thought, I have to admit, was, this is way better than my recipe. The perfect ending to a wonderful evening. During a return visit, lunchtime brought streams of sunshine though the south facing windows. The restaurant felt busy and alive yet at the same time calming and relaxing.

Again, our server was efficient, informative and helpful. I ordered hot tea ( $2.50) and out came a large modern stainless steal pot that made me happy straight-off. For starters we ordered the Pork “Wings” ($11), mini pork ossu buccos with an Asian glaze, topped with a daikon carrot slaw. The pork was fall-off-the-bone tender, yet crispy on the outside, and lathered in a flavorful, sticky soy, slightly sweet and spicy glaze. It didn’t last long. We tried the Ambrosia Salad ( $7), a mixed greens with candied walnuts, craisins, red onion and feta, tossed with a raspberry vinaigrette. We both loved this nicely balanced salad.  For our lunch entrees, we ordered our waiter’s recommendations, the Bistro Burger  ($12) and the Blackened Salmon BLT ($14). The hearty burger made with Wagu-Angus beef, topped with double smoked bacon and melty smoked Gouda cheese was the best burger I’ve had in a long time. I didn’t once consider adding a condiment, it was perfect just as it was. The Blackened Salmon BLT (the essentials and lemon thyme aioli on a grilled croissant) was tasty as well, but the burger definitely won out. We ordered the soup of the day; Butternut with a hint of curry spice. It was flavorful, healthy and satisfying, a lovely nod to autumn. Chef Mitch Thomas runs the kitchen at Ambrosia. Graduating with honors from Scottsdale Culinary Institute, then gaining years of valuable experience through working at renowned French restaurants, alongside several James Beard award winning chefs, his approach to food is seasonal and friendly, with subtle French influences.  His background complements the bistro themed restaurant well.  Recently, Thomas won Epicurean Delight’s 2012  Award for Best Appetizer, not an easy feat. “Our food philosophy is to make our dishes approachable, recognizable, and a great value,” says Scott. “We try to change our menu seasonally and to keep it relevant.”   All in all, I was very pleasantly surprised by both experiences at Ambrosia. This family run business fills a void in an area completely overrun with chain and fast food restaurants. If you are looking for scratch-made food, created by a well-trained chef, using seasonal, real ingredients in a welcoming environment, you will appreciate what Ambrosia offers. Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar is located at 9211 E Montgomery Ave, Spokane Valley, and is open Mon-Thurs, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Fri and Sat, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sun, 4:00-9:00 p.m.,, (509) 928-3222

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Sushi comes in many shapes, sizes and flavors in Spokane. Some appeal more to the purists, with a craving that can only be satisfied by sashimi, while others prefer creative rolls, or aren’t quite sure about going completely raw. For those who are a little uncertain, and those wishing to convert them, Toro Sushi, which opened late in 2012, might be a good place to start. They offer a wide selection of cooked Japanese fusion dishes, and an array of rolls in varying degrees of rawness. Newcomers to sushi will find the dishes approachable, while those who have been eating sushi for a while, should be able to find something familiar, and hopefully something new, to enjoy. On the Friday night my guests and I chose to visit, the place was hopping. Almost immediately, we noticed the ambiance: clean-lined furniture, soft lighting and eclectic music at the perfect volume. Small groups and couples sat at tables and booths positioned in such a way that each group had space to visit without worrying about crowding others. Our server was friendly and engaging, starting us off with house salads (iceberg lettuce with a light dressing) and traditional miso soup. The drink selection, offering much more than just sake, included an interesting assortment of beer, wine and a few cocktails. One of my guests chose a Japanese beer, and enjoyed it, while another guest ordered wine and I selected a ginger mojito, which was disappointingly light on the ginger. My guests and I started with the Bunny roll ($11.95), at our server’s recommendation. Part of the “salmon lover” category, this roll contains shrimp, crab avocado and asparagus, topped with seared salmon and garnished with slightly spicy mayo. The asparagus was a welcome, crunchy, touch in this light roll, and the salmon flavor was not overly pronounced. By the end of the evening, we found that a strength of Toro that we appreciated was the ability to create interesting combinations where the vegetables complemented the

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selected fish in each dish. Next, we tried the Kato roll ($11.95), named for one of the sushi chefs. The Kato is composed of a California roll topped with seared spicy tuna, tempura flakes, scallions, masago and three kinds of sauces. This roll was interesting and well presented, but I had the feeling (shared by my companions) that I was eating a hamburger slathered with special sauce and catsup. The tuna was almost completely masked by the sauces and tempura. The result was not bad, but unexpected in a sushi roll. Next, we ordered salmon sashimi, wanting to get a feel for the more traditional dishes on offer ($7.45 for three pieces). The fish was served on a bed of sprouts, which added an interesting flavor; however, we were a bit disappointed with the lightness of flavor and lack of moisture present in the Kato Roll

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salmon. For our final roll, we chose the classic Rainbow ($11.95). This version was a California roll topped with shrimp, yellowtail, avocado, salmon and tuna. The roll was enjoyable, but a little drier than we would have liked. We ended our meal with mango mochi ice cream ($1.75), presented on a small woven boat. The flavors were enjoyable, although we were hoping for green tea ice cream (sadly, they were out of all green tea desserts). Though the evening wasn’t slow, the service was attentive and friendly as we ordered one course at a time and talked leisurely together. Our server continued to give helpful suggestions with the menu, which was, honestly, rather overwhelming in size. My companions were seasoned sushi people, and one of them has some food sensitivities, yet we found it easy to find items on the menu to accommodate these concerns, with small adjustments, or none at all. When we inquired about the mochi ice cream ingredients, the staff helpfully proffered the box for our perusal.

Although we didn’t try the cooked dishes containing gluten, which was one of the foods we were avoiding for our dining companion, we enjoyed the varied smells as they passed by. The rolls we did order were well presented and arrived quickly after we ordered them. At every point, service was exemplary, efficient and patient. Sushi is a very personal dish, a different experience for every diner. If you’re a veteran of sushi, unconcerned about eating fish raw and wanting an authentic experience, you may find Toro Sushi too safe and conservative for your extreme endeavors. If, however, you’re interested in a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere and attractive, enjoyable food across the Japanese spectrum, or you’re hoping to find something to please yourself and a less adventurous dining companion, you’ll want to give this Spokane Valley hotspot a try. Toro Sushi is located at 328 N Sullivan Rd #5, Spokane Valley, and is open Monday through Saturday for lunch, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; dinner, 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.; closed Sunday., (509) 703-7029 • December - January • 2014


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ASIAN AND INDIAN Aloha Island Grill. Hawaiian. Signature Dish in March 2011. Operating out of two former Taco John shacks on Monroe and West Francis, Patrick and Lori Keegan are serving up fresh, tender Teriyaki Chicken “plates” that will keep you coming back even without much inside seating. Based on family recipes from the islands and plenty more than just teriyaki, both spots offer a student discount and the Francis location serves an amazing breakfast concoction called Loco Moco. Order it the way “Huff” (Patrick’s nickname) gets his. Open daily. 1724 North Monroe (509-4431632) and 1220 West Francis (509-413-2029). www. $-$$ Bangkok Thai. Thai. A relative newcomer to Spokane, Bangkok Thai took over the former Linnie’s Thai location on Grand Avenue and the former Riverview Thai location near Gonzaga. The South Hill location offers combination lunch plates that allow you smaller portions of several popular Thai dishes for one price and the Gonzaga location has the best Thai lunch buffet in town for $12/person. 1325 S Grand Blvd. (509-838-8424) and 1003 E Trent Avenue (509-325-8370). Mon – Thur 11 – 9, Fri 11 – 10, Sat 12 – 10, Sun 12 – 9. $$ Cathay Inn. Chinese. The Cathay Inn, basked in neon glory, stands out among the string of other Chinese establishments on Division for more than its roofline. Established in 1950 at its present location by Tom Eng, the Cathay Inn has rebuilt and expanded over the years, still run by the Engs. Our sources tell us that among the combos, #6 is king, offering the Cathay’s special chow mein, almond fried chicken, prawns, barbecue pork, and fried rice. Strong mentions are also given to the almond chicken and Cathay’s version of beef and broccoli. Plan to arrive for dinner near 8 p.m. and you might get the additional treat of seeing the koi fish leap out of the water in the aquarium for their dinner while you eat yours. 3714 N Division Street. Sun-Thurs 11-10, Fri & Sat until Midnight. (509) 326-2226. $$ China Garden. Chinese. With no shortage of bad Chinese food in Spokane, China Garden is a brilliant and refreshing departure hidden in a strip mall on the South Hill. Chef/ owner Raymond Kong takes great care with sauces, all based on a special pork stock. The vegetables in each dish, which are fresh and flashcooked with a wonderful crunch, almost steal the show, and the kitchen uses no MSG. Show up regularly and you end up treated like family. While the Cashew Chicken, Honey Walnut Prawns, and the Moo Shu Pork are not to be missed, we’ve never had a disappointing dish at the Garden. 4410 S Regal. Seven days, 11-10. (509) 448-6282. $$-$$$

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Ding How. Specializing in Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Korean dishes, Ding How has plenty of variety. This restaurant has already become the place for sushi and other Asian cuisine with regular customers coming from Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, and other areas. Ding How offers over 100 sushi items including their special Lobster Roll and Yellowstone Roll. 1332 N Liberty Lake Rd, Liberty Lake. Lunch Mon-Fri 11-2:30, Dinner Mon-Thurs 4-9, Fri 4-10, Sat 12-9, Sun 12-9. (509) 921-1901. $-$$ Ginger Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar. Japanese and Chinese. Owner Jingou Sun has put together a brilliant team with Tong Lui in charge of an LA-style sushi bar and Jay Jay Lu turning out brilliant traditional Chinese hot entrées. The Steamed Dumplings Szechwan Style are amazingly like the dumplings in China. The portions are generous and the there is plenty of creativity tucked into the massive menu. 11am -10pm, Tue -SunThur and closed Mon. 1228 S Grand Blvd in Spokane. (509) 315-5201. $-$$$ Gordy’s Sichuan Café. Provincial Chinese. This intimate bistro with a creative menu is a temple to the Sichuan cuisine of southwest China. Chef Gordon Crafts and his team serve up dishes laced with ginger, garlic, chiles, and the lemony Sichuan “pepper” that sets your tongue buzzing. Open since 1997, Gordy’s is a wonderful exception to mediocre and standardized American Chinese food. Heavenly dumplings, searing chile basil soup, and the best Lemon Chicken around are only the beginning. Open Tues-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 4-9pm. 501 E 30th Ave in Spokane. (509) 747-1170. $$ Ha Ha Teriyaki Grill. Korean and Fusion. This Hillyard gem owned and operated by John Ha and his mother Soon serves up incredibly fresh and often organic Korean classics like Bulgogi along with Asian soups and several sandwiches. Not much to look at outside, Ha has remodeled the inside to be bright with an open kitchen. Try the Daeji Bulgogi (spicy marinated pork) if you like a bit of heat or the fusion BBQ pork sandwich topped with caramelized onions. Open for lunch and dinner Tues – Sat and Sunday afternoons. 2710 East Garland Avenue in Spokane. (509) 4831399. $-$$ Mustard Seed. The Mustard Seed is an amalgam of several Asian and Pacific cuisines, which derives from the background of the owners, Betty and Nancy Tokumoto, who grew up in Okinawa, Bangkok, and Hawaii, successively. The somewhat eclectic yet harmonious blending of fresh, clean, mild flavors in the dishes that spring from this mix of culinary

origins is what has made the Mustard Seed a perennial favorite with Spokane diners. Over the years, our favorites have consistently been BongBong Chicken, chunks of breast and vegetables stir-fried in wine, and Chicken (or Shrimp) Osaka, sautéed in butter, ginger, and lemon, served with a mustard sauce. We also enjoy their zippy take-out and delivery service. The Mustard Seed owners also serve quality quick-serve Asian out of a number of Noodle Express outlets around the NW. Northtown Mall: Mon-Thurs 11-9, Fri & Sat 11-10, Sun Noon-8, (509) 483-1500. $$ P.F. Chang’s. A chain restaurant that raises the bar for local chefs. Most of the dishes are prepared with Mandarin wok-style cooking and reflect the restaurant’s stated goal of representing the “emerging influence of Southeast Asia on modern Chinese cuisine.” Chang’s Chicken in Soothing Lettuce Wraps present a savory, crispy, lightly spiced mixture of chicken that you wrap at the table into accompanying lettuce leaves. Entrees include Shrimp with Lobster Sauce, Cantonese Roasted Duck, and Crispy Honey Chicken. Try the Great Wall of Chocolate for desert if you dare. 801 W Main. Sun-Wed 11am-10p.m., Thurs 11-11, Fri & Sat 11am-Midnight. (509) 456-2166. $$ Phonthip Style Thai Restaurant. Tucked into a small space next to Hair Etc. on the north Spokane corner of Nevada and Francis, Phonthip Style offers a straightforward family take on food from central Thailand thanks to owner and cook Phonthip and her two daughters Song and June. One of the two daughters most likely will be the one to serve up what their mother prepares in the tiny kitchen. Try Phonthip’s version of Pad Thai, Drunken Noodles, or Thai Basil Chicken. The Tom Kha soup is excellent and Mangos and Sweet Sticky Rice offer a great finish. There are several $6.95 lunch specials and the $2 glass of Thai Ice Tea is generous. 11 am – 8 p.m. Monday – Saturday, Closed Sunday. 1006 E Francis Ave in Spokane. (509) 487-3559. $-$$ Sala Thai. Thai. Reviewed August 2011. Sala Thai fits the stereotype that you can often find the best ethnic food just outside military bases. Owners and chefs Pat and Rapeepun Smitamorn serve up memorable Thai specialties pungent with the smells and flavors or fish sauce, lemongrass, coconut milk, and ginger. Try the Yum Gai Tod or possibly the best

To Our Friends, NEW & OLD Pad Thai in the region but don’t skip the transcendent Tom Kah and Tom Yum soups. Spice Warning—Sala Thai’s 0-5 star heat rating runs high so consider starting low. Mon-Fri 11-2:30 for lunch and 4:30-9:00 for dinner; Sat 2-9 ; Closed Sunday. 12924 West Sunset Highway in Airway Heights. (509) 244-4800. $$ Shogun. Japanese. Simple elegance defines the decor, with guests greeted by an interior waterfall. Shogun is really two restaurants. First are the familiar hibachi tables. Each table seats about eight and comes with a personal chef who prepares a selection of beef, chicken, and seafood in front of delighted guests. Trained in the art of hibachi cooking, chefs serve as impromptu performance artists, amazing diners with kitchen acrobatics, sleight-of-hand and grill-assisted pyrotechnics. The other is the sushi bar, perhaps one of the largest and best equipped east of Seattle. Across the bamboo bridge over a tranquil koi pond and past the waterfall and lounge, this is a quiet refuge and counterpoint to the frenetic atmosphere of the main dining room. Shogun is a perfect spot for either a special celebration or a quiet night out. Open seven days 5-10. 821 E 3rd. (509) 534-7777. $$-$$$

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Suki Yaki Inn. Japanese. Many of us can’t remember a time when the Suki Yaki Inn wasn’t tucked away in the same location around the corner of Bernard and Riverside. Spokane’s first Japanese restaurant, there are no acrobatic samurai chefs to be seen, but it is still the place to come for classic teriyaki and sushi. And the only place to enjoy the traditional private dining rooms seated upon cushions on the floor, shoes left outside. Lunch Mon-Fri 11-2, Dinner Mon-Fri 5-11, Fri 4-11, Sun 4-10, Lounge 7 days until 2. 119 N Bernard. (509) 624-0022. www.sukiyaki-inn. com. $$ Japanese. We still think the name is about as cheesy as you can get for a sushi bar and Japanese restaurant, but the food transcends the curious label over the door. Sit at the sushi bar and enjoy what is fresh or take a table and explore the menu that also includes plenty of excellent options if raw fish still makes you nervous. Some of our favorites are the super white tuna and the house tempura. 11 am – 9:30pm. weekdays. Noon – 9pm Sat. Noon – 8pm Sun. 430 West Main, Spokane. (509) 838-0630. $-$$$ Sushi I. Japanese. Reviewed October 2012. This strip mall storefront on Spokane’s South Hill is home to some of the best sushi in the region as well as authentic bowls of ramen and teriyaki on sizzling cast iron platters. The lightly battered tempura is perfect and the house keeps a collection of great sakes. It is worth becoming a regular since some of the best sushi is off menu. 11 – 9 Mon – Thu, 11 – 10 Fri, 12 – 10 Sat, 4 – 9, Sun. 4314 South Regal in Spokane. (509) 703-7053. www.spokanesushii. com. $-$$$ Sushi Maru. Japanese. A hip conveyor belt sushi spot in the heart of the downtown Riverpark Square mall in Spokane, Sushi Maru is the perfect place for a quick, healthy, and entertaining meal before or after a movie. The $3.75 Tuna Poki Salad is a steal and the off-menu mochi balls are a must. There are plenty of fully cooked rolls and other items like Orange Chicken on the fun visual menu if raw fish makes you nervous. Open at 11 am during the week. Closes at 9:30 Mon – Thur. 10 p.m. Fri – Sat and 8 p.m. Sunday. 808 West Main Avenue in Spokane. (509) 455-3900. www.sushimaruspokane. com. $-$$

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Sushi Yama. Japanese and Korean. After years developing a cult following in Airway Heights and serving up some of the best sushi in the region, Charlie Yamamoto has opened a second location on 3rd Avenue in downtown Spokane. The space works as an Asian restaurant with touches of the truck stop vibe remaining from its Arctic Circle days. Most of the menu will be familiar to Charlie’s West Plains clientele. Try one of his fine sports-theme rolls that anchor the sushi side of the menu. Bento boxes and classic Korean dishes are also served up with relish. 11 – 10 Thu-Sat. 11 – 9 Sun – Tue. Closed Wed. 1321 West 3rd Avenue in Spokane. (509) 624-5553. $-$$$ Swagat. Indian. “Swagat” means “welcome” in Punjabi.” In this case, “welcome back” might be fitting since the man running the kitchen is Pargat Singh whose cooking was the heart of the Bombay Palace until five years ago. Try the lunch buffet if you want to explore Swagat’s menu with well over 80 options or go straight to your favorites. 11 am – 9 p.m. Mon – Thur, 11 – 9:30 Fri, 12 – 9:30 Sat, 12 – 9 Sun. 14415 E Sprague in the Spokane Valley. (509) 315-8785. www.spokaneswagat. com $-$$ Taste of India. A family-owned restaurant on the Division hill offering authentic cuisine emphasizing northern Indian flavors. Taste of India boasts a casual atmosphere with a soundtrack of traditional music and a popular lunch buffet during the week. Try Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Curry, or Vegetarian Samasa. Mon-Thur 11-9:30, Fri and Sat 11-10, Sun 11-9. 3110 N Division in Spokane. (509) 327-7313. $-$$ Thai Bamboo. Each of the four regional Thai Bamboo locations offers a massive Southeast Asian menu in settings designed to transport you across the Pacific. Inside each restaurant you’ll find Thai stone and wood carvings, water fountains, Thai music and the namesake bamboo décor. Thai Bamboo keeps racking up #1 Best Thai votes in reader polls and both the newest location on North Division and the CDA restaurant feature a Tiki-Beach styled lounge and a striking sky ceilings in the main dining rooms. Think Vegas with phad thai. Open 7 days per week with delivery available. www. $-$$ Top of India. Reviewed February 2013. A great hidden gem serving up wonderful northern Indian dishes in a surprisingly chic space tucked into a tiny East Sprague house. Owner and chef Manjit Kaur brings the specialties she learned to cook on the family farm in the the Jalandhar district of Punjab to the Northwest. Don’t miss the garlic naan or the Chicken Tikka Masala, but order just about anything and expect it to be quite good. There is also a lunch buffet for $9.99. Open daily from 11 am – 9:30 p.m.. 928 S. Perry Street in Spokane. 11114 E Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley. (509) 927-0500. www. $-$$. Vien Dong. Signature Dish December 2011. This International District hole-in-the-wall is the go-to spot for one of the best sandwiches on the planet: the Vietnamese Báhn Mì that packs a small torpedo-like loaf of crusty French bread with grilled pork, chicken, Vietnamese ham, or pate. With the meat of your choice you also get fresh or pickled vegetables like cucumbers and carrots, a smear of mayonnaise, and a slice or two of jalapeno. Vien Dong also serves up the classic Vietnamese soup pho and some generously portions Chinese classics. Tues - Sat, 10 am – 8 p.m.; Sun 10 am – 7 p.m.; closed Mon. 1730 E Sprague Avenue in Spokane. (509) 536-6073. $

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The Wave Island Sports Grill and Sushi Bar. Japanese and Hawaiian. The Wave Sushi and Island Grill picks up right where Raw left off with sushi, nigiri, and teriyaki with island twists and a energetic after hours scene. The friendly everyone-knows-yourname atmosphere is free. Mon-Wed 11am-1am, Thur & Fri 11am-2am, Sat 4:30-2am, Sun 4:30-1am. 523 W 1st Ave. (509) 747-0556. $-$$.

BARBECUE Chicken-n-More. “Amazing-Crispy-Tender-Chickenn-More” could have been the name. It is that good, and Bob Hemphill—full-time cook and part-time preacher— is telling the truth about the “more” as well: moist ribs slathered in Hemphill’s own sweet and kicking barbeque sauce, cornmeal-breaded catfish fried fresh when you order, pulled pork sandwiches, fiery red beans and sweet crisp coleslaw. Call ahead if you want catfish and save room for the cobbler or sweet potato pie. 414 W Sprague. Mon-Fri 11–8, Sat 1-8. (509) 838-5071. $-$$ The Longhorn. The Longhorn has defined BBQ in Spokane for decades. Their sauce straight from Texas is now a staple in every area supermarket condiment or butcher’s aisle, and what self-respecting native Spokanite’s mouth doesn’t water at the thought of Longhorn ribs, German sausage, or beef sandwiches? 7611 W US Highway 2, (509) 838-8372; 2315 N Argonne Rd, (509) 924-9600. Call for hours. $-$$ O’Doherty’s Irish Pub and BBQ Catering Company. See the entry under Pub Fare. Red Lion BBQ and Pub. For about 20 years, whether it was in the old rhythm and blues, peanutshells-on-the-floor days, or more recently as a sports bar, there’s always been butt-kickin’ BBQ at this downtown corner spot. The undisputed star here is wine broiled chicken, spicy and robust, yet falling-off-the-bones moist and tender. Together with their signature fried bread and honey, and you have a BBQ experience that can’t help but please. 126 N Division. Kitchen open daily 11am-10p.m., Fri & Sat 11am-1am. (Sunday breakfast buffet 9am-noon during football season.) (509) 835-LION (5466). $-$$

BISTROS Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar. Reviewed December 2013/January 2014. The neighborhood restaurant in the Spokane Valley is a big hit with even those that don’t live in the neighborhood. Ambrosia offers fine dining and cuisine in an environment where everyone feels comfortable. Bar manager Jeff Gay has added flare with his signature drinks and specialty mojitos, and owners Scott and Kara Cook have added special touches such as live music on select Saturdays. No matter where you are, you feel like a neighbor here. MonThurs 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11, Sun 4-9. 9211 E Montgomery in Spokane Valley. (509) 928-3222 www. $$-$$$ Casper Fry. Reviewed February 2013. A modern take on Southern comfort food with a local twist, located in the South Perry

neighborhood. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and a Sunday brunch in a hip space with a great bar at the back. For dinner, try some of Jama’s Fried Chicken with a classic cocktail, or the Low Country Shrimp and Grits for lunch. The maple-glazed Pork Belly is brilliant and a number of the hearty sides are vegetarian. Wednesday-Monday, 11:30 am - close. 928 S. Perry Street in Spokane. $-$$$. Clover. Reviewed September 2012. Located a half block east of Hamilton near Gonzaga, Clover turns quality and thoughtfully-sourced ingredients into a culinary obsession with great results. Rather than focusing on the exotic, the strong bistro menu features straightforward dishes executed with an attention to details. The cocktail menu might also be the strongest in the city. The chicken bites are the poultry equivalent of crack, the kitchen turns out a mean Reuben, and for dessert, don’t miss the Orangesicle cake. Weekend brunch. Mon-Fri, 11 am – 3 p.m. and 4:30 – 10 p.m.; Sat-Sun, 8 am – 2 p.m. and 4:30 – 10 p.m.. 913 E Sharp Ave in Spokane. (509) 487-2937. $$-$$$ Downriver Grill. One of north Spokane’s neighborhood gems, Downriver Grill offers sophisticated food at affordable prices. Chef de cuisine Ryan Stoy changes the menu seasonally but certain Downriver signature items like their Gorgonzola Cheese Fries and an amazing Pork Osso Buco make the cut seaon in and season out. The Osso Buco boasts some of the most succulent, fall-off-the-bone meat we’ve ever had. Tues-Sun 11-9. 3315 W Northwest Blvd. in Spokane. (509) 3231600. $-$$$ Herbal Essence Café. Northwest cuisine. This relaxed downtown restaurant tucked into the middle of a block on Washington serves Northwest bistro food and works hard to offer great service. The menu offers up baseball-cut sirloins, a whole stuffed Dungeness crab and a swordfish steak stuffed with pesto and baked off with a parmesan crust. Try the award-winning house salad, brilliant with sliced pears, crumbled Gorgonzola and a white truffle vinaigrette. 115 N Washington. Lunch Mon-Fri 11-2, Dinner Mon-Sat 5-close. (509) 838-4600. www. Lunch $-$$, dinner $$-$$$ Laguna Café. This South Hill restaurant calls itself a café, but in actuality it is much more. Owners Dan and Debbie Barranti have created a sophisticated combination of gourmet food, great wines, and gifts, while still serving the same great coffee they inherited from the previous tenant, the Deluxe Coffee Company. The dinner menu features entrees such as Wild Pacific Salmon with fresh rosemary mango salsa and roasted rosemary potatoes or the Flat Iron Steak and Black Tiger Shrimp.” Live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in addition to monthly wine tastings. 4304 S Regal. Mon-Fri 7 am -9 p.m., Sat 8 am -9 p.m., and Sun 8 am- 9 p.m.. (509) 448-0887. $-$$ Madeleine’s Café and Patisserie. Madeleine’s Café and Patisserie specializes in traditional French and bistro-style fare. Pop in for a morning coffee and hand crafted croissant, or take a break from shopping and try the Organic Tomato Mozzarella Tart or one of the many lunch salads, quiches and casseroles. Madeleine’s is a popular spot for weekend brunch, with made-to-order whole wheat pancakes, Croque Monsieur sandwiches and beautiful French pastries. Dinner (Thur-Sat) features rustic French dishes such as cassoulets and crepes, as well as seafood and salads. Take advantage of outside dining in warm weather or grab a street-side table for people watching. Mon-Wed 7:45 am -5 p.m., Thu-Fri 7:45 am – 10 p.m., Sat 8 am – 10 p.m., Sun 8 am – 2 p.m.. 707 West Main. (509) 624-2253. $-$$$ Maggie’s South Hill Grill. LA transplant and five year associate of Wolfgang Puck, Maggie Watkins has created a welcome addition to the South

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Hill neighborhood dining scene. Designed with efficiency, affordability, and family-friendliness in mind, the food is far more outstanding than the casual surroundings and low prices suggest. For comfort food, try the Chicken Pot Pie or Baked Penne and Cheese. For dinner, flat-iron steak makes a perfect choice. And Maggie’s Signature Salad will make kids of all ages actually want to eat their greens. 2808 E 29th. Mon-Fri 11-9p.m., Sat-Sun brunch (breakfast and lunch menu) 8-1p.m., Dinner 1 – 9. (509) 536-4745. $

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Santé. The Liberty Building is a perfect setting for the sophisticated French bistro food and charcuterie (in-house prepared and preserved meats) of local-boy-turned-chef, Jeremy Hansen. Throw in Hansen’s passion for sourcing as much of his food locally as possible and you have a recipe for great dining. Santé serves breakfast and lunch daily off a shared brunch menu with several of the most creative egg dishes in the city (try the Shirred Eggs or the Weisswurst Blanquette). Dinner is served Thursday through Saturday off a separate menu and offers delicious food with bright flavors as well as great options for vegetarians. Gracious service and a seasonally changing menu at the draw. 404 W Main. (509) 315-4613. www.santespokane. com Daily 8 am - afternoon. Dinner, Thur – Sat, 5 p.m. - close. $$-$$$ Seasons of Coeur d’Alene. Reviewed Oct 2011. The name telegraphs both the concept behind Seasons and it location. Chef Scott Miller features the best seasonal ingredients on a menu that reimagines classic dishes and comfort food in creative ways at unexpected reasonable prices. Pay attention to what is on the fresh sheet and don’t miss the blackened Mahi Tacos (anytime) or the amazing Buttermilk Chicken (at dinner). Among the sandwiches, the Pepper Cristo is a fine choice. There is live music several nights a week in the massive bar and a banquet room that seats up to 65. Open daily from 11 am to 10 p.m. with seating in the bar until midnight. 209 Lakeside Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 664-8008. $-$$$ Vintages @ 611. Vintages wine bar and restaurant offers eclectic American fare in a cozy, upscale atmosphere at the heart of Spokane’s South Hill. Choose an appetizer from the extensive selection (try the Toasted Hearts) and pair it with a glass of wine, or go straight for the Prime Rib or Succulent Scallops. Other choices include pasta dishes, seafood and salads. Outside patio dining coming soon. Late night menu on Friday and Saturdays until 12A.M. Open Tues-Thurs 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-12. 611 East 30th Avenue in Spokane. (509) 624-3203. Wild Sage. Tucked into a classic 1911 brick building on 2nd and Lincoln, Wild Sage offers an intimate dining setting and memorable food with real flair. The atmosphere combines class and warmth. Executive Chef Charlie Connor presents regionally influenced Northwest cuisine using only the finest locally sourced products. Try the Yukon Taquitos, the Crisp Bacon & Blue salad or the Cioppino. Be sure to finish with a slice of the “Soon to be Famous” Coconut Cream layer cake with lilikoi sauce. This award-winning bistro is known for it’s in-house bakery and an amazing array of gluten free options. Also make a point to order something from their “scratch bar”, either with or without alcohol. They use only fresh juices and house infused flavored liquors. Dinner seven nights a week, opening at 4

p.m.. 916 W Second Ave in Spokane. (509) 4567575. $$-$$$ The Wine Cellar. Reviewed April 2011. The door up on Coeur d’Alene’ main street to this intimate basement grotto is easy to miss, but don’t. This bistro, wine bar, and live music venue embodies generosity with hearty Italian and Mediterranean fare at incredibly reasonable prices, warm and welcoming staff, and a killer space that feels like a retreat from the time pressures of life outside. Don’t miss the amazing Mac and Cheese on the appetizer menu and factor in that every entrée comes with a salad and bread. 313 E Sherman Ave in Coeur d’ Alene. Mon to Thur 4:30 – 10 p.m., Fri and Sat 4:30 to midnight. Closed Sun. (208) 664-9463. www. $-$$.

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH SPECIALTIES Brooklyn Deli. A longtime favorite lunch spot for locals has now become a great nighttime favorite as well. During the day, you can enjoy the Brooklyn Deli’s homemade cuisine featuring favorites such as the Turkey Avocado Sandwich, the Grilled Cheese Sandwich with homemade Tomato Parmesan soup, or the 7-layer Pasta Salad. During the evening, the Brooklyn Deli offers the same great food while you enjoy a variety of microbrews and wines. The Brooklyn Deli also features a variety of live music Tuesday through Saturday in their new bar. 122 S Monroe. Deli open Mon-Fri 11-5, Bar open Mon-Sat 11-close. (509) 8354177. $ Chaps. Reviewed July 2012. This farmhouse turned restaurant is easy to fall in love with. Celeste Shaw is the genius and passion behind the eclectic restaurant and Gina Garcia runs the from-scratch bakery. Chaps is packed to the rafters for their weekend brunch and does brisk lunch (Tues-Sat) and dinner (Wed-Sat) business with live music on Friday evenings. Try the Blueberry Muffin French Toast or a Scramble for breakfast, or Apricot and Prune Stuffed Chicken for dinner. Open: Tuesday 11-3p.m., Wednesday-Thursday 11-3p.m., 4:30-close, Friday-Saturday 7:30-3:00p.m., 4:30-close, Sunday 7:30-2p.m.. 4237 S. Cheney-Spokane Rd in Spokane. $-$$. Frankie Doodles. Open since 1981 just off of the I-90 Division Street exit, Frankie Doodles fits the time-honored genre of a greasy spoon. Say ‘hi’ to the stuffed deer in the entryway and take a seat at the counter or slip into a booth and order a big plate of traditional American fare like roast beef sandwiches and steak and eggs. Open Mon – Fri, 5 am – 10 p.m.; Sat – Sun, 5 am – 9 p.m.. 30 E 3rd Avenue in Spokane. (509) 747-9267. $-$$ Frank’s Diner. Frank’s has become a Spokane landmark in just over a decade. Both early 1900’s-vintage rail cars were originally obtained by the Knight brothers, Frank and Jack, during the depression, and each converted them to diners in Seattle and Spokane, respectively. Larry Brown, of Onion Bar and Grill fame, acquired the Seattle diner in 1991 and moved it to its present location, meticulously

restored by well-know local restaurant restoration artisan, Pat Jeppeson. Frank’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, available all day, has all the classics. Among our favorites are the open-face turkey, roast beef and mushroom sandwiches, chicken pot pie, Joe’s Special (the venerable scramble of eggs, ground beef, spinach, onions and parmesan), and, of course, the don’t-miss-at-breakfast hash browns and silver pancakes. 1516 W. 2nd. Seven days 6-8p.m.. (509) 747-8798. 10929 N. Newport Highway, SunThurs 6am-8p.m., Fri-Sat 6am-9p.m.. (509) 465-2464. $

Le Petit Chat Village Bakery. The rapid expansion of this Whitworth University neighborhood bakery and café is testament to the wonderful bread, sweet and savory croissants, and other pastries coming out of their kitchen. Le Petit Chat is a favorite hang-out both for the university crowd and plenty of other Northsiders, and is developing a reputation that extends much further. They recently added some salads to the lunch menu including a Salade Nicoise with Albacore tuna. Open Mon – Fri 6:30 am – 6 p.m.; Sat 7:30 am – 3 p.m.; Sun 7:30 am – 1 p.m.. 9910 N Waikiki Rd in Spokane. (509) 468-2720. $ Little Euro. Valley fans of the Old European can rejoice. One look at the menu and you’ll see that Little Euro offers many of the same breakfast delights as it’s North Division sibling: Danish Aebelskivers, Swedish Crepes, and that mountain of breakfast on a plate they call Hungarian Goulash. Lunch also served. Open daily 6 am – 2 p.m.. 517 N Pines Rd in the Spokane Valley. (509) 891-7662. $-$$ The Satellite Diner and Lounge. See listing under Pub and Lounge Fare.

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BURGERS Stop-N-Go Family Drive In. Signature Dish for April 2011. Here is a locally-owned East Sprague spot for a great basic cheese burger, double cheese burger, or triple. Cash only but you’ll love the prices: $1, $2, or $3. Milkshakes with real fruit, fish-n-chips made with Atlantic cod that is cut and battered in house, and a great tartar sauce will keep you coming back. Open daily: 10 – 9 Mon to Fri, 11 – 8 Sat, 11 – 6 Sun. 6505 East Sprague in the Spokane Valley. (509) 5354797. $

CASUAL DINING 315 Martinis and Tapas. Reviewed February 2012. Located within the historic Greenbriar Inn in Coeur d’Alene, this restaurant specializes in small plates with a global focus and well-crafted cocktails. Come sit in the intimate martini bar for happy hour beginning at 3:15 and enjoy drink and tapas specials, or share small plates or entrees along with live music on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights in the main dining room beginning at 6:00 p.m.. Expect good service, great atmosphere and an experience you won’t soon forget. Tues - Sun from 3:15 to close. 315 Wallace Ave in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 667-9660. $$-$$$. Charley’s Grill and Spirits. Just north of the Spokane River and two blocks east of the County Courthouse in Spokane, Charley’s serves up homestyle American classics and comfort food to jurors, lawyers and judges alike at lunch. The dinner crowd is more expansive than just the legal crowd. Charley’s offers homemade soups, a Steak and Spud special anytime for just over $10 and Happy Hour runs from 4 – 7 p.m. with $2.50 wells and draft domestic. The dirty martini on the drink menu is made to the specifications of W.C Fields. Saturday night Karaoke. Mon: 11 am – 9 p.m.. Tues- Fri: 11 am – 11 p.m.. Sat: 4 p.m. – 2 am. Closed Sun. 801 N Monroe in Spokane. (509) 328-8911. $-$$ • December - January • 2014


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GW Hunters Steakhouse. Signature Dish September 2011. “Got elk?” Here is the restaurant where the answer is a resounding YES. Hunters specializes in elk loin steaks from local sources along with other exotic offerings such as quite tasty alligator tail. Depending on when you show up, even yak might be an option. Of course there is also plenty of beef, pork, and chicken options if you want. Portions are generous and breakfast is served until 3 p.m. each day. While you are dining, see how many of the 80 trophy animals in the restaurant you can name without help. . Mon – Tues, 6 am – 2:30 p.m.; Wed – Thur, 6 am – 9 p.m., Fri – Sat, 6 am – 10 p.m.; Sun 6 am – 9 p.m.. 615 North Spokane Street in Post Falls. (208) 777-9388. www.gwhunterssteakhouse. com $-$$$ Hill’s Restaurant. Hill’s restaurant is back and rejuvenated. Hill’s offers an extensive menu with nine appetizers including the unique Scotch Egg, soups, vegetable dishes, ten salads including the Smoked Salmon Salad and the Seared Steak Salad, sandwiches, steaks, chicken, pork, and seafood entrees. Hill’s also makes their own pasta. Hill’s has always been a local favorite and they’re back with the same great food and a newly renovated location. The restaurant also features daily lunch and dinner specials worthy of a picky pallet. 401 W Main, Mon-Sat 11-10, Lounge until midnight Mon-Thurs and 2am Fri-Sat. (509) 747-3946. www. $$-$$$ Klink’s on the Lake (at Williams Lake Resort). Klink’s on the Lake, located at scenic Williams Lake Resort is destination dining at its best. From the comfortable restaurant to the secluded patio overlooking the lake, Klink’s has a lot to offer it’s dining guests. The menu hosts a variety of dishes including Chicken Marala and Jumbo Prawns, but don’t miss out on their steaks, primarily the decadent chargrilled Ribeye topped with Dungeness Crab and browned butter. Follow it up with some of their famous Marion Berry Cobbler and you’ve created an evening to remember. Summer Hours: Tues-Fri 11-9, Sat-Sun 7am-9. Closed October-March. (509)235-2391. $$-$$$ Palm Court Grill The Palm Court Grill offers upscale casual dining fare that highlight favorites discovered all around the world by Walt and Karen Worthy, the owners of the Davenport. Home to the original Crab Louis, named for original hotel owner Louis Davenport, the grill also serves USDA Prime beef and a fine wild salmon filet with a huckleberry champagne sauce. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open daily from 6 am to 9 p.m.. Reservations recommended. Private Dining room available, seating up to 30 people. 10 S Post. (509) 455-8888. $$-$$$ Safari Room Fresh Grill and Bar. The Davenport Hotel Tower’s Safari Room Fresh Grill and Bar will add a spice of adventure to your dining experience featuring a full menu with a variety of tasty flatbreads, small plates, salads and gourmet sandwiches. Private Dining room available seating up to 30 people. (Flatbread is oven roasted thin bread that is topped with a variety of vegetables, fresh herbs, highly flavorful cheeses and meats) 111 S Post St. (Davenport Hotel Tower lobby). Serving breakfast 6-11, Lunch 11-4, Dinner 4-10, and Late Night 10-close. 509-455-8888 $$-$$$

FINE DINING Clinkerdagger. English pub décor overlooking the Spokane River. Known for their fresh

seafood, steaks, and rock salt-roasted prime rib, Clinkerdagger is a favorite eating place among locals. Their salmon filet is one of the best in the area. The Broadway Pea Salad and Blums Coffee Toffee Pie are two classics since 1974. Two cozy fireplaces make for a warm, friendly atmosphere; 621 W Mallon (in the Flour Mill). Lunch Mon-Fri 11:15-2:30, Sat 11:30-2:30, Dinner Mon-Thurs 4:30-9, Fri 4:30-9:30, Sat 4-9:30, Sun lounge 2-9 and dinner 3-8. (509) 328-5965. Lunch $$, Dinner $$$ Masselow’s at Northern Quest. Reviewed June 2010. Named after a strong chief that was instrumental in the survival of the Kalispels, Masselow’s combines the culinary heritage of the tribe with Northwest fine dining. The restaurant features an intimate and lavishly appointed dining room just off the hotel lobby in the new wing of the Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights and serves up an Elk Sirloin and Seared Scallops worth the drive. Their chocolate mousse on the dessert menu is also a show stopper. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 100 North Hayford Road in Airway Heights. (509) 242-7000. www. $$-$$$ Stacks at Steam Plant. Named for the twin smokestacks that have been a part of the downtown Spokane skyline for nearly a century, Stacks offers a full-service dining experience in a one-of-a-kind space. Unique private dining spaces include boiler rooms where the original pipes still line the walls and ceiling. Signature dishes are created from scratch and incorporate ingredients produced only at the Steam Plant – including smoked meats, fish and vegetables, and many of the ales brewed on-site. 3p.m. – 10p.m. Sun-Thurs, 3p.m. – 11p.m. Fri-Sat. 159 S. Lincoln, under the smokestacks downtown. (509) 777-3900. $$-$$$

ITALIAN Ferrante’s Marketplace Café. This South Hill restaurant combines two great pastimes: gourmet Italian food and shopping. Ferrante’s offers a wide variety of gourmet pastas, pizzas, and paninis along with a kid’s menu and delicious gelato. Stop in for a full dinner or order it to go and shop in the marketplace while you wait. The marketplace offers unique gifts, such as jewelry, wines, cookies and candies, many from local vendors. Enjoy the neighborhood feel of this Italian café. 4516 S Regal. Tues-Sat 11-8p.m.. (509) 443-6304. www.doitalian. com. $-$$ Italian Kitchen. Owners Bryce and Lyndsay Kerr have created a beautiful and charming décor along with exquisite cuisine, not to mention the remarkable hospitality. Known for its Calamari, Tiramisu, and Lasagna from scratch, the Italian Kitchen is as authentic as you’ll find. They were recently placed on the “Best of the Best” list, which honors the top 17 Italian restaurants in the nation. 113 N Bernard. Lunch MonFri 11-3:30, Dinner Mon-Thur 3:30-9, Fri 3:30-10, Sat 4:30-10, Sun 4:30-9. (509) 363-1210. www. italiankitchenspokane. com. $$

MEDITERRANEAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN Azar’s. A former drive-in is an unexpected spot for Greek and Middle-Eastern cuisine, but the gyros are deliciously fresh and the lunch buffet – served Monday-Saturday – is a compelling invitation to eat far too much. Belly dancing Friday nights. 2501 N Monroe. Mon-Thur 11-8, Fri-Sat 11-9, Closed Sundays. (509) 326-7171. $ Marrakesh. Moroccan. Recently moved from Northwest Blvd to Division, Marrakesh transcends the normal dish-by-dish approach and becomes a journey accompanied by Mamdouh, a steaming glass of mint tea, and a bath-sized towel in your lap. The feast is set in five courses including the tea, a simple saffron lentil soup, salad, Bastela Royale (a cross between a pot pie and a puff pastry stuffed with chicken, almonds, and egg) and an entrée. Expect an North African experience with the price of an appetizer at a high-end restaurant. 1227 North Division in Spokane. Open seven days 5-10. (509)328-9733. $$

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MEXICAN Hacienda Los Flores. A bright reincarnation of the space at the bottom of the Freya hill formerly occupied by La Katrina Taco. Owners Jorge and Adriana Hernandez pull out all the stops with a possibly the best mole sauce in town. Try the Pollo en Mole ($12.25) and plan on multiple dips with your standard basket of chips rather than just a single salsa. Several of the soups on the menu also get rave reviews: the Sopa de Camaron and the Sopa de Tortilla. Kids eat for $0.99 on Sundays. Open daily from 11-9. 510 South Freya in Spokane. (509) 3158853. $-$$ Rancho Viejo. Jose Rodriguez and his staff offer up traditional and familiar Mexican fare with some of the amplest portions and most caring family-friendly service in Spokane. 14201 E Sprague. Sun-Thurs 11-10, Fri & Sat 11-11. (509) 927-8428. $$

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PIZZA Bennidito’s. Though we didn’t realize it for several years, it is possible to order a gourmet pie without garlic at Bennidito’s. But who would want to with choices like the popular “LC Primo” with both fresh and roasted garlic along with chicken, mushrooms, feta, and mozzarella over a pesto sauce. The crust is hand tossed and bready in the best sense of that designation. Bennidito’s is the spot to eat outside in good weather with its own deck at the South Hill location. It also has a larger menu that includes salad, wings, calzones, and several popular hot sandwiches like the Italian Beef Sammie ($7.50 whole, $5.50 half). 1426 S Lincoln, Mon-Thurs 11-10, Fri 11-11, Sat 11-10, Closed Sun. (509) 455-7411. 9025 N. Indian Trail Rd, Mon-Thurs 3-10, Fri 11-11, Sat 11-10, Sun 12-8. (509) 466-2790 $$

PUB AND LOUNGE FARE Manito Tap House. Reviewed March 2012. Manito is living into its name as a gastropub that offers high-quality dining fare to go with their 50 beers on tap. A fun pub atmosphere and friendly service make this a great hangout. Try the yam chips, the Carne Adovada, the Murphy’s Beef Boxty, or the inventive veggie burger that comes inside out,. 11 am – 11 p.m. Sun – Thu. Open until 2 am Fri – Sat. 3011 South Grand Blvd in Spokane. (509) 279-2671. $-$$ The Onion. Established in 1978, the Onion is the grand dean of gourmet burgers and casual family dining in Spokane. From the Hula burger with ham and grilled pineapple, the “Big O” with bacon and avocado, to their namesake beer-battered onion

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dining guide Dec / Jan rings, The Onion pays attention to details and does more from scratch than many other restaurants aspiring to loftier appellations. 302 W. Riverside, Sun-Thurs 11-11, Fri-Sat 11am-1am. (509) 747-3852; 7522 N Division, Mon-Sun 11-11. (509) 482-6100 (Bar until midnight Sun-Thurs, Fri-Sat until 1). $-$$ Peacock Room. It is all about martinis, cold beer and great music. Known as the place to see and be seen, the Peacock Room contributes to Spokane’s vibrant downtown nightlife. Showcasing a giant stained-glass peacock ceiling, the menu features such items as giant prawntinis, open-faced crab sandwiches and gourmet onion rings. Casual attire. Private Dining room available seating up to 25 people. Mon-Thurs 11-midnight, Fri-Sat 11-1am, Sun 2-midnight. 10 S Post. (509) 455-8888. $$-$$$ Steam Plant Brewing Co. & Pub. An amazing location for a brewery – under layers of catwalks and an 80’ ceiling inside the renovated steam plant. The brewery produces eleven handcrafted microbrews on-site, from their famous Double Stack Stout to several seasonal varieties. Its microbrews are also available to go in kegs and growlers. The Pub features multiple flat-screen TVs and a game room to make a night of it. The brews are complemented by signature menu items like the Coal Bunker cheese bread, smoked steelhead and beer cheese soup. 3p.m. – 10p.m. Sun-Thurs, 3p.m. – 11p.m. Fri-Sat. 159 S. Lincoln, under the smokestacks downtown. (509) 777-3900. $$ The Swinging Doors. Opened in May of 1981, the tavern turned restaurant has been in the same family for its whole life. With 27 beers on tap and 60 television screens, The Swinging Doors is a sports fan’s paradise. On the food front, the restaurant is famous for its large portions (which can be split). Breakfast is served all day and the huge pieces of Broasted Chicken remain the most popular item on the golf-themed menu. Show up for on your birthday for a free steak dinner. Open seven days a week from 6:45 am to 2 am. 1018 West Francis in Spokane. (509) 326-6794. $-$$ The Two Seven. This South Hill neighborhood restaurant was created by the owners of The Elk, Moontime, and The Porch. So, it’s no surprise that it has been a hit since day one. Offering unique menu items as well as favorites from the other restaurants (including the corn pasta and infamous Caesar Soft Taco) you will certainly not be disappointed. The wine list is extensive for what may be considered pub-like fare and they have 17 microbrews on tap, which are always phenomenal. The patio seating is always in high demand, but you get the neighborhood-pub feel on the inside as well. 2727 South Mt Vernon #5. Open seven days 11-11. (509) 473-9766. $-$$

SEAFOOD AND FISH Anthony’s At The Falls. A welcome addition to the local seafood scene, Anthony’s combines a spectacular view of the Spokane Falls with an unwavering commitment to fresh seafood. So much so that they operate their own fishing company for the sole purpose of supplying their restaurants. The success of this shows up in the always available, rich and flavorful seafood fettuccine and clam chowder, as well as on the fresh sheet. The four course “Sunset Dinners” served Mon-Fri from 4-6 for only $18.95 are particularly good values. 510 N Lincoln. Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30-3, Bar Menu in Lounge Mon-Sat 3-4, Dinner Mon-Thurs 4-9:30, Fri-

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Sat 4-10:30, Sun 3-9:30, Sunday Brunch (breakfast/ lunch menu) 11-2p.m., Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-6 with half-price appetizers and drink specials. (509) 3289009. $$-$$$ Cedars Floating Restaurant. This is Idaho’s premier floating restaurant, featuring the freshest fish available daily and Midwest Stockyards HighChoice Beef. The Cedars, founded in 1965, floats at the confluence of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River. The Cedars is the perfect setting to enjoy breathtaking views and Northwest delicacies such as Cedar Plank Salmon and a Biergarten Filet. Drive in or boat up to this one-of-a-kind Northwest restaurant. Open seven days for cocktails and appetizers at 4p.m. and dinner beginning at 5p.m.. 1514 S Marina Drive, Coeur d’Alene. 208-664-2922. www. cedarsfloatingrestaurant. com $$$ Milford’s Fish House. Milford’s has been doing seafood since before seafood was cool, specializing in the importation and preparation of a wide variety of fresh fish. It is where many of us ever first encountered things like ahi, mahimahi, yellowfin tuna, escolar, or swordfish. Although there are now more choices in the area for fresh and intriguing seafood, Milford’s remains one of the best. A great meal can also be had from the bar menu in their comfortable, inviting and wellstocked bar. The dark, rich ambience of the beautiful old building around the corner from the courthouse in which Milford’s is situated can’t be beat, either. Sun-Mon 4-9, Tues-Sat 5-10. 719 N Monroe. (509) 326-7251. $$-$$$

STEAK HOUSES Cedars Floating Restaurant. See the entry under Seafood. Churchill’s Steakhouse. Reviewed April 2011. Carved into the first floor and basement of the Joel Building is this temple dedicated to dry-aged USDA Prime steaks and possibly the only ground Prime burger in the region (it is brilliant and shows up weekly in the basement bar as a $7 special). The dining room has all the pomp and circumstance for a great celebration meal (and prices to match) while the bar below has the intimate feel of a high class club and a separate menu with a few lighter items not offered upstairs. Open daily: 4 – 9 p.m. on Sun, 4 – 10 p.m. Mon to Thur, and 4 – 11 p.m. Fri and Sat. 165 South Post in Spokane. (509) 474-9888. www. $$-$$$$ The Grille from Ipanema. Brazilian BBQ. Reviewed August 2011. If you are hungry, this upscale Brazilian barbecue restaurant in the heart of downtown Coeur d’Alene offers an upscale, all-you-can-eat buffet along with the unique experience of Brazilian barbecue. Roving meat waiters (passadores) shave slices of beef, pork, and chicken off massive skewers right onto your plate tableside. The prices for a meal at this meat Nirvana are surprisingly reasonable and the festive colorful space turns any visit into a party. Open 11 am – 10 p.m. daily. 601 Front Avenue, Suite 101 in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 676-1122. www. $$-$$$ GW Hunters Steakhouse. See the entry under Casual Dining. Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops. April 2012 Signature Dish. Greeted with dark mahogany paneling and crisp linens, Spencer’s has been a destination for USDA Prime beef for almost 15 years. Try the signature bone-in Spencer Ribeye

or pull out all the stops and order the dry-aged New York Strip. Beautiful fish and seafood are also featured and the kitchen offers a number of classic side dishes also – including a memorable au gratin hash browns laced with smoked bacon, sweet onions, and cheddar cheese. Open Mon-Thurs 11:30-10, FriSat 11:30-11, Sun 11:30 - 9. 322 North Spokane Falls Court inside the Doubletree. (509) 744-2372. www. $$-$$$$ Wolf Creek Lodge. The Wolf Creek Lodge is the younger city sibling of the original Wolf Lodge Inn located ten miles east of Coeur d’Alene. While the menu is far from identical, you can’t miss the similar steakhouse theme with plenty of beef options as well as the likes of as Bourbon Chicken and King Salmon. Don’t forget to order the birthday “potato” for that special occasion: Oreo ice cream rolled in cocoa powder, topped with whipped cream, and set on a plate of hot fudge. 104 S Freya, Spokane. Mon-Fri 11:30-close, Sat-Sun 4-Close. www.wolflodgespokane. com. (509) 535-8972. $$-$$$ Wolf Lodge Inn. Reviewed December 2012. It is worth the drive to experience the original Wolf Lodge just off Interstate 90 east of Coeur d’Alene. From the simply massive 24 ounce Porterhouse on down, this wonderfully ramshackle red ‘barn’ serves up classic western roadhouse food off their famous open pit grill. For the adventurous there are Rocky Mountain Oysters on the appetizer menu. Beef aside, the Idaho Rainbow trout on the menu is delicious, and don’t miss the sweet white Krebal fry bread with honey. Reservations requested. 11741 E Frontage Rd ten miles east of Coeur d’Alene. Tues-Fri 5-Close, Sat - Sun 4-Close. (208) 664-6665. $$-$$$

OTHER Loco Dogz. Each hot dog and sausages is designed to transport to a different spot on the globe. Two locactions currently – First Street in Cheney and Hamilton near Gonzaga – but don’t be surprised to see more soon. Great prices and great design along with house made caramel corn gives you something sweet to close out the meal. Try the authentic Chicago Dog in a fresh-baked poppy seed bun with chopped onions, Rolf’s sweet pickle relish, mustard, fresh tomato wedges, sport peppers, and celery salt. Become a fan on Facebook. (509) 321-7069. $

Queen of Sheba. At Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Cuisine, dishes are served with injera, a sour Ethiopian bread used to pick up the meat and vegetable stews – no utensils required. Portions are generous, so bring your friends and order family style. Spicier dishes on the menu are cooked with berberé, a spice blend with ground red chili peppers. Try the Yebeg Kay We’t, a lamb stew cooked in a thick berberé sauce which is spicy enough to leave your lips zinging. Milder dishes include the Doro Alich’a, (chicken) and several vegetarian specialties. 11:30 am to 8 p.m., Tues-Sat and Sun 1-4 p.m.. 621 W. Mallon (Suite 426 of the Flour Mill Mall). (509) 328-3958. $-$$

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A Four-Leaf Clover Appetizer Clover’s Shrimp and Polenta

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As the final pieces of Clover’s original menu came together, just before opening, there was still something missing: an appetizer with shrimp. The dish is deceptively simple. Rich, slightly crispy polenta, topped with house-made chorizo, jumbo prawns and soft and tender red bell peppers, garnished with sliced lemon and just enough lemon pepper sauce to pull everything together with a little kick. You could call it a serendipity, but the staff at Clover call it their most popular starter, ordered roughly three times more often than any other. The Shrimp and Polenta ($12) may be simple, but, like everything else at Clover, it’s made with precision and attention to detail (an ethic handed down from one of the owners, an engineer). Those jumbo shrimp? They’re brined in-house for a minimum of 30 minutes, and sometimes for as long as 24-hours. “It really does make a difference,” says Justin Curtis, Clover’s front manager. You may know chorizo to be one of the greasiest sausages you can find. Clover’s house-made chorizo has an 80/20 meat/ fat ratio without sacrificing a hint of taste or experience. And just when you thought it couldn’t get better, this dish is one of the gluten-free options offered to diners. Service at Clover is personal and personable, so when they recommend something, it’s worth paying attention. Listening to the conversations around me, I heard servers singing the praises of the Shrimp and Polenta over and over again. Apparently, it is not uncommon for a diner to make a meal of the appetizer, possibly pairing it with a carefully crafted cocktail, not unlike the one my bartender, Colleen, suggested to marry perfectly with the red pepper and spices. Though this delicious appetizer might seem like luck, I think it’s simply representative of the thought, care and quality that the folks at Clover put into everything they serve. Clover is located at 913 East Sharp Ave., in Spokane, and is open Monday – Friday, lunch 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and dinner 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, brunch 10:30 am - 2:00 p.m.; dinner 4:30 p.m. -10:00 p.m. (509) 487-2937

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Understanding Corkage Etiquette

by Laurie L. Ross Corkage is a per bottle fee that a restaurant charges a customer who brings their own wine to be consumed on premise. Corkage is meant as a courtesy for customers looking to savor a special bottle while dining out. Being able to bring your own bottle is a privilege that not all restaurants extend. One of the reasons may be because some customers take advantage of it, but it’s most likely that patrons don’t quite understand proper corkage etiquette. So, in the hope of fostering better corkage relations, we’ve compiled a few tips. • December - January • 2014


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TIP #1: Call first. Don’t guess or just show up with wine in tow. Call ahead and ask what the restaurant’s corkage policy is and what fees you can expect. Keep in mind, corkage is charged per bottle and there could be a limit. In our region, diners can expect an average of $10 - $15 fee per bottle. This is a token amount in comparison to larger cities.

TIP #4: Buy a bottle as well. If possible buy least one bottle, preferably one for every bottle you bring. It dispels any thought that you were protesting their mark-up and in turn a restaurant will sometimes forgo the corkage fee on the one you brought in if you are also buying off their list.

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TIP #2:

Don’t bring cheap wine. Or at least forgo bringing one that costs less than the least expensive bottle on the list. Some restaurants request that customers only bring wines that are not on the restaurant’s wine lists. Refer to Tip #1 and find out ahead of time.

TIP #3:

Always offer the sommelier a taste. The sommelier or wine steward may or may not accept but it’s a sign of respect and good camaraderie. If it’s a fine, rare or interesting wine they may just want to give it a whirl.

Several area restaurants are participating in an ongoing program that waives the corkage fee to promote Washington wineries. This promotion works when you order an entrée and show your receipt and bottle from a same-day purchase from a Washington winery. There is a limit of one bottle per visit. Local restaurants that have officially declared they are participating in the cork free program with the Spokane Winery Association are as follows.

• AGAVE (downtown Spokane) Cork free for same day purchase from Washington wineries, $10 per bottle regular corkage fee. • Black Angus Steakhouse (Spokane Valley) Cork free for same day purchase from local area wineries, regular corkage fee $10 per bottle. • Europa (downtown Spokane) Cork free for same day Washington wineries, $15 per bottle regular corkage fee for bottles not on their list. • Hay J’s Bistro (Liberty Lake) Cork free for same day purchase from Washington wineries, $9 fee per bottle from the adjacent wine bar, or $18 per bottle for regular corkage fee. • Italia Trattoria (Browne’s Addition) Cork free for same day purchase from Washington wineries, $20 per bottle regular corkage fee. • Luigi’s Italian Restaurant (downtown Spokane) Cork free for same day purchase from Washington wineries, $15 per bottle regular corkage fee. • Mamma Mia’s (North Spokane) No cork fee. • Max at Mirabeau (Spokane Valley) Cork free for same day purchase from Washington wineries, $15 per bottle regular corkage fee. • Melting Pot (downtown Spokane) Cork free for same day purchase from Washington wineries, $15 per bottle regular corkage fee. • Poole’s Public House (North Spokane) Cork free for same day purchase from Washington wineries, $10 per bottle regular corkage fee. • Stacks at the Steam Plant (downtown Spokane) Cork free for same day purchase from Washington wineries, $10 per bottle regular corkage fee. • Twigs Bistros (various locations) Cork free for same day purchase from Washington wineries, $10 per bottle regular corkage fee.

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Keep in mind restaurant listings are subject to change. We can’t stress enough, refer to Tip #1 and always call ahead. Cheers! Laurie L. Ross is the author of the local wine blog,

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